Southern Coastal Violet
Viola septemloba (LeConte)
Syn: V. septemtrionalis
Violet (violaceae) Family

Photo courtesy Mike Carter, Pensacolam Fl
March 7, 2010

The Southern Coastal Violet is not rare but is rarely seen. Its preferred habitat is thin pine woods, embankments, cemeteries, and places where human contact is infrequent. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The plant is known along the coastal region from Mississippi to the southern portion of North Carolina.

The leaves are smooth, about as long as wide and lobed (except sometimes the first 1 or 2 leaves may not be lobed).

The flowers are blue-violet with a broad, nearly white center. The rootstock is thick and fleshy.

Flowers occur in March and April.

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