[The Violet Family East of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet

Viola trinervata

Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

The photo above shows sagebrush violet as seen from the lower Deschutes River to the north of Sherar's Bridge........March 24, 2007.

Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervataThe photo at right shows a sagebrush violet as seen from the lower Deschutes River, north of Sherar's Bridge.......March 22, 1997. This and several nearby indviduals have white rather than lavender colored lower petals. Click the photo to see a larger view.
Characteristics:

Sagebrush violet is a very pretty pretty wildflower with several to many basal leaves and erect flower stems arising above the leaves to a height from 5-15 cm. The leaves are palmately cleft or lobed, each segment with 3-5 narrow lobes. The individual leaf segments are narrowly elliptical, somewhat leathery, with 3 prominent veins, and range from 1.5-4 cm long. The surface of the leaves are a glaucous blue-green or blue-gray.

The flowers are about 1.5 cm long and are bicolored, with the upper two petals a deep reddish-violet, the lower three a pale to deep lilac, with the throat either yellowish or whitish. Some purple penciling may be seen in the throat.


Habitat:

Sagebrush violet may be found on rocky hillsides, sagebrush flats, and on the gravelly soils of bunchrass.


Range:

Sagebrush violet may be found east of the Cascade Mts from Okanogan County, WA south to northeastern Sherman and Malheur Counties, OR.


Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

The photo above shows one of the abundant, large patches of three-nerved violet as seen in Upper Cowiche Canyon at the western outskirts of Yakima, WA........March 28, 2007.

Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

Three-nerved violets as seen near the summit of the Yakima Skyline Trail, north of Selah, WA..........March 22, 2008.

Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

Three-nerved violets as seen on Selah Butte, northeast of Selah, WA...........March 22, 2008.

a) Flower of Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - b) Flower of Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - c) Flower of Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

d) Flower of Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - e) Flower of Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - f) Flower of Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

The photos above represent different flavors of the petal colors of three-nerved violet. Click each photo to see an enlarged version. Photos a & b were photographed along the Yakima Skyline Trail. Photo c was seen at Cowiche Mt. Photos d-f were taken at Selah Butte..........All were taken March 22-23, 2008.

Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

Three-nerved violet as seen along the Deschutes River........March 22, 2007.

Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

A nice clump of sagebrush violest as seen along the Mabton Road east of Bickleton, WA in Yakima County........April 18, 2010.

Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

Three-nerved violet as seen in vernally moist prairie at Brooks Memorial State Park near Satus Pass, Washington........May 11, 2014.

Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata - Three-nerved Violet, Rainier Violet, Sagebrush Violet: Viola trinervata

Sagebrush violets from Lower Deschutes River, OR... north of Sherar's Bridge.....3/22/97.

Paul Slichter