Looking straight down on plant
Leaves all basal and cleft almost to their base, each segment further cleft into 2 to 4 lobes. Flowers solitary, on leafless stalks, are purple-blue with a white throat, lateral petals heavily bearded. Flower measured to 18 mm diameter. Spurs 3-4 mm long. Leaves with minute hairs on margins and bottom; top of leaves are glabrous. Petioles with short hairs near the leaf blade.
Taxonomic key to Saskatchewan's violets.
We measured leaves and scapes to 14 cm tall.
Habitat is dry, hilly prairie and exposed banks.
Rare, listed as an S3 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre. We've only seen them in one location in Saskatchewan.
Photographed June 13th, on prairie on the south slopes of the Moose Mountains, about 200 km southeast of our home in Regina, SK.
Thank you to Nora for helping us to take these photos.
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