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Hairy Violet, Viola hirta Family: Violaceae
Viola hirta     *     Hairy Violet

Flowering time: March - May. Perennial

Habitat: Calcareous grassland, open woods, scrub and rocky ground.

Unscented pale violet-blue flowers with blunt sepals and spreading hairs on the seed-capsules, flower and leaf-stalks. Hairy leaves, their bases deeply cordate. No stolons, the flowers and leaves growing from a central tuft.
Viola hirta ssp. calcarea: Smaller plants with narrower petals and shorter spurs growing on calcareous grassland.

Similar: Sweet Violet, V. odorata and Early Dog-violet, V. reichenbachiana


Hairy Violet, Viola hirta

Hairy Violet, Viola hirta

Hairy Violet, Viola hirta

Hairy Violet, Viola hirta

Hairy Violet, Viola hirta
Badbury Rings, Dorset. March 2016

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