Viola striata
(Cream Striped Violet)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Cream Striped Violet, Striped White Violet, Pale Violet, Cream Violet, Striped Violet
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Viola striata, or Cream Striped Violet, is native to most of the eastern United States, except parts of the southeast. It is a perennial, which grows in moist woods, and along trails and along woodland edges. It blooms in mid to late spring with cream to white flowers with several stripes of lavender inside, and a frilly beard on the flower.

There are a number of Viola species that are white, but this species stands out from them in several ways. First, it has larger flowers than most other species; its flowers are also not perfectly white, they are more of a cream color; additionally, it has flowers that are on stems with leaves, not stems that come directly from its root system; finally, it has large, conspicuously toothed stipules on its stems. See photos for more info.

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