The photo above shows a close-up of the flower of long-spurred violet. Note the long, spreading, whitish hairs at the base of each lateral petal. Photographed along Road #4670 at Billy Meadows Guard Station in the northern Wallowa-Whitman N.F.................June 26, 2008.
Long-spurred violet is a perennial with short to long, slender rhizomes from which the stems arise. The stems are leafy, short at first, but elongating as the season progresses to 10 cm. The herbage may be smooth to densely short-hairy. The leaf blades are 1-3 cm long, usually ovate cordate in shape, but may also be ovate-lanceolate to kidney-shaped with the tip tapering to a rounded point. The leaf surface may be brown-dotted and the margins have rounded teeth or may be entire. The leaf petioles are often longer than the blades, and range from 5-8 cm long.
The flowers range from 5-15 mm long with a long spur, slightly hooked at the end, which is slightly more than half the length of the lower petal. The 5 petals are blue to deep violet in color, with the lower 3 having a white base with purple-violet pencil marks in the throat.
Long-spurred may be found in dry to moist meadows, open woods, and open ground from near sea level to near timberline.
Long-spurred violet is a widespread species, being found over much of western North America and extending eastward to the Atlantic coast.
The photo above shows a leaf of long-spurred violet as seen in grasslands found along Hog Lake, to the east of Sprague, WA.............April 29, 2006.
The photo above shows a close-up of the flower of long-spurred violet. Note the long, spreading, whitish hairs at the base of each lateral petal and the barely discernible white hairs on the stigma. Photographed along the Umatilla Rim Trail at the eastern edge of the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness in northeastern Oregon........June 24, 2007.