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Douglas' Violet
Viola douglasii
About Douglas' Violet (Viola douglasii) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Viola douglasii is a species of violet known by the common name Douglas' violet, or Douglas' golden violet. It is native to western North America from Oregon through California and into Baja California, where it grows in seasonally moist habitat, often on serpentine soils. This rhizomatous herb produces a cluster of erect stems just a few centimeters in length to about 20 centimeters in maximum height. The leaf blades are deeply dissected into several narrow lobes or compound, made up of leaflets, and borne on long petioles. They are hairless to softly hairy in texture. A solitary flower is borne on a long, upright stem. It has five bright or deep yellow petals with brown veining and brown outer surfaces. The largest lowest petal may be over 2 centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

8.4 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Brown

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


For propagating by seed: No treatment. (Emery and Frey 1971).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry places

Annual Precipitation: 4.0" - 83.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.18" - 3.09", Coldest Month: 32.3" - 56.5", Hottest Month: 54.2" - 87.8", Humidity: 0.20" - 38.88", Elevation: 14" - 7655"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Douglas' Golden Violet

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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