Viola rostrata – Longspur Violet


One of the first “gems” I came across when I moved back to the Catskills and started looking for wildflowers to collect seeds from was Longspur Violet. It’s one of the most colorful of our native violets with a deep violet eye on its pale violet to white flowers. The lower petal is extended into a pronounced spur that allows easy identification – while other violets have spurs that extend behind the flower, none have a spur as long as this species, hence the common name. The closest is Dog Violet, V. conspersa, and the two sometimes hybridize producing intermediate forms that can be difficult to identify to species.

Our production on this species is sporadic. We don’t have any in stock at the moment, but are planning on collecting seeds in 2023 and have plants for sale in 2024.

Out of stock


Violet family, Violaceae

Photo by R. A. Nonenmacher, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Updated 26 November 2022