The rare and small violet of Walter is listed as an endangered species

Violets mean spring, at least for plants. Your garden will likely be full of spots of purple. Color courtesy of the common blue violet (Sororia Viola). It is a strong native capable of surviving in grass deserts.

The common blue violet is not it Just Violet is there, although others require more research. Take or give, there are about 26 local species in the genus viola in Ohio. Give, mostly: taxonomists have proposed a number of “new” species, carved out of established ones. But skeptics remained, and not all of the new divisions gained widespread acceptance.

temperament nature:More than twenty species have been observed during the 24-hour amphibian watch

Simple vegetarians may want to group them all into three types: the purple, white, and yellow types.

Jim McCormack

On a trip to southern Ohio on April 22 (Earth Day), I encountered a growing population of our rarest violets. Walter Violet (Viola Walter) as threatened by the state, and is currently known only from Adams and Highland counties. These are the inhabitants of the far north in its range.

Walter Violet is also the smallest of our violets. The leaves are the size of your pinky nails, and the entire plant can comfortably fit on a half dollar coin. It requires a ground level check to really appreciate it.

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