The stream violet is an attractive perennial wildflower which should be easily available in the nursery trade. It has erect or ascending stems arising 5-30 cm high which are leafless except on the upper one-third of the stem. The herbage of the leaves and stems is smooth, or the leaves sometimes minutely hairy. The basal leaves are broadly heart-shaped with rounded teeth on the leaf edges and with the petioles, are 10-20 cm long. The base of the leaf blade is definitely notched, while the tip is pointed.
The yellow flowers have 5 petals, the lower 3 of which are purple-veined. The individual flowers are 8-14 mm long.
Stream violet may be found along streams or in moist-shady woods.
Stream violet may be found from Alaska south through the Pacific Northwest to the coastal mountains and the Sierra Nevada of California, and east to Montana. It may also be found in northeastern Asia.