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Goosefoot Yellow Violet
Viola pinetorum
About Goosefoot Yellow Violet (Viola pinetorum) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Viola pinetorum is a species of violet known by the common names goosefoot violet, goosefoot yellow violet, gray-leaved violet, or mountain yellow violet. It is endemic to California, where it grows in mountain ranges throughout the state. It occurs in various types of mountain habitat, including forests and talus. This herb grows from a tough taproot and produces an erect or decumbent stem up to about 22 centimeters long. The leaves are linear to oval in shape with pointed tips and toothed edges. The longest ones reach 15 to 20 centimeters in length. A solitary flower is borne on a long, upright stem. It has five yellow petals, the lowest three veined with brownish purple, and the upper two with brownish purple coloring on the outer surfaces.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

8.4 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Purple, Brown

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information


Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 10.8" - 80.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.47" - 3.22", Coldest Month: 21.0" - 48.0", Hottest Month: 42.4" - 73.3", Humidity: 0.79" - 22.33", Elevation: 1920" - 12231"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Goosefoot Violet, Gray-leaved 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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