moremoth's picture

Hairy violet.

Observed: 20th April 2013 By: moremothmoremoth’s reputation in Plantsmoremoth’s reputation in Plantsmoremoth’s reputation in Plantsmoremoth’s reputation in Plantsmoremoth’s reputation in Plants
Early Dog-violet.
Early Dog-violet.
Early Dog-violet.

Clumps of violets scattered throughout an area of chalk grassland.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Hairy Violet (Viola hirta) interacts


cerigait's picture


Was it scented? If so, I'd go with Sweet Violet.

If not, I was thinking that the leaves are looking a little spreading hairy.

As it was on chalk grassland, this might be a possibility.

martinjohnbishop's picture

It could be Viola hirta but

It could be Viola hirta but the characters needed to distinguish from V. odorata are not shown: length of hairs on the petiole and presence or absence of stolons.

cerigait's picture

Tricky little flowers.

I think with an eye of faith there might just be enough hair to consider the posibility, but agree that there isnt enough in the pictures to be certain. :)

moremoth's picture


I have attached another photo. There is not much leafage, and no scent at all, so I don't think it's V. odorata. The hairs on the young leaves and petioles are very distinct. So V. hirta does seem a possibility.

Bill Welch

cerigait's picture

I'll go hairy!

If no scent and hairs on petioles distinct, added to being found on chalk grassland, I think I'll go odds on hairy. :)

Tim Rich's picture

hairs spreading, leaves

hairs spreading, leaves ovate= hirta

Tim Rich