Viola x primulifolia L. (pro sp.) [lanceolata x macloskey]
primrose-leaved violet

Viola x primulifolia L. (pro sp.) [lanceolata x macloskey]
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Botanical name: Viola x primulifolia L. (pro sp.) [lanceolata x macloskey]
Common name: primrose-leaved violet
Group: dicot
Family: Violaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 2 - 10"
Foliage: leaves oblong or oval, 1-5" blunt or rounded at the tip, abruptly narrowed at the base
Flower: 1/4 - 1/2" white with purple veins
Flowering time: bloom late April to June; cleistogamous fruit mid August to mid October
Habitat: moist meadows; open woods, stream banks, especially in sandy soil
Range in New Jersey: throughout the Coastal Plain, decreasing in the Pine Barrens; northward through the Piedmont
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. USDA views this plant as a hybrid of lance-leaved violet, Viola lanceolata, and small white violet, Viola macloskeyi or Viola blanda. Other experts regard it as a true species.

Most violets are cleistogamous, kleistos, Greek for closed. A cleistogamous flower produces seeds without having produced obvious flowers, as opposed to chasmogamous flowers which open, allowing for pollination. Violets typically produce both types of flowers.