Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Hooked-Spur Violet (Western Dog Violet, Sand Violet) (Viola adunca): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 17, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire One of the few purple violet species where the leaves and flower stalks grow out of a stem (rather than out of the ground). Notice that this plant and its leaves are very small compared to Viola sororia (for example).
  • Leafy aerial stems with flower stalk arising from leaf axil.
  • Plant perennial from rhizomes.
  • Petals violet, sepals not ciliate -- not hairy on the sepal margin.
  • Spur 2.8 - 7 mm long.
  • Leaf petioles distinctly winged. Leaf blades ovate to triangular in shape. Back of leaf blades has some hairs. Style has a bent tip that is as long as the diameter of the style.