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Mountain Violet
Viola purpurea
About Mountain Violet (Viola purpurea) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Viola purpurea is a species of violet which bears yellow flowers. It is known commonly as the goosefoot violet. It is a small plant which bears thick to fleshy toothed or ridged oval leaves which are mostly green but may have a purplish tint to them. The flowers are made up of bright yellow petals, the lowermost being streaked or veined with purple and the lateral petals with purplish undersides. There are several subspecies, most of which are known by the common name goosefoot violet. These subspecies are found across the western United States from Wyoming to California. It is a member of the chaparral plant community and the foothills and low elevation mountains.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.1 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Grassy slopes and meadows

Annual Precipitation: 5.6" - 126.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.15" - 4.02", Coldest Month: 11.1" - 53.8", Hottest Month: 34.4" - 79.3", Humidity: 0.09" - 30.15", Elevation: 3" - 14113"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Goose-foot Yellow Violet, Goosefoot Violet, Pine 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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