Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Viola ocellata - Western Heart's Ease
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Family Name: Violaceae
Common Names: Western Heart's Ease, Twoeyed Violet, Pinto Violet
Origin: Native to California
Locations found in Swanton Area: Found along trail in Little Creek Drainage up to the General Smith Tree
Habitat: Rocky or grassy banks, thickets, often on serpentine soils. 150-1100 m.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Herb, 5-37 cm
Comments on overall growth: Stem prostrate to erect, finely hairy.
Foliage Description: Leaves simple, nearly triangular, base truncate to deeply cordate, margins toothed, basal leaves 10-60 mm, cauline leaves smaller.
Flower Description: 5 petaled, unequal, generally white with yellow bases. Lower lip petal 8-15 mm, purple veined, with yellow spur. 2 side petals with small purple eyespot near base. Upper 2 petals all white on front with deep purple back.
Flowering Season: April-June
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Description: 5-8 mm, green.