Viola pubescens, Downy Yellow Violet

Downy Yellow Violet is an inhabitant of upland woods.

Downy Yellow Violet associates with oak trees and savanna habitat. It prefers drier soils and is not as tolerant of disturbance as Viola sororia, the Common Violet. It gets the name 'Downy' from the fine hairs on its leaves and stems, and yellow because it is, well, quite yellow. It grows significantly taller than the common violets and makes a good companion for the trunks of oak trees, Pennsylvania Sedge, Zig Zag Goldenrod, Blue Wood Aster, White Snakeroot, False Solomon's Seal, Woodland Geranium and several other savanna or woodland plants that tolerate medium to medium-dry soils.

Blooms: yellow, May into July

Height: 8 to 16 inches

Conditions: pt shade to shade, medium to medium-dry soils