[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.......3/22/97. 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