Northern Bog Violet

photo by Joshua Mayer CC BY-SA

Northern Bog Violet can be found across Canada and the United States at the edge of ponds or bogs, in wet ditches, or along streams. The large, deep violet flowers (.75 in across) are on long stems well above the leaves. The plant flowers from May to July and is 5-10 in tall. There is a cluster of heart-shaped leaves (up to 4 in wide) at the base of the plant.

The three-part seed capsule splits open when ripe, spilling out masses of small seeds.

Could it be? Early Blue Violet looks very similar but is shorter, has smaller leaves, and grows in drier areas.

Did you know? The flowers of Northern Bog Violet are sometimes white.

See Also: Crowfoot Violet, Downy Yellow Violet, Early Blue Violet, Western Canada Violet