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Halberd-Leaved Violet

Halberd-Leaved Violet

Viola hastata, commonly known as the halberd-leaved yellow violet, is a perennial plant in the violet family found in the eastern United States. It blooms from March to May with yellow flowers.
It one of the “stemmed” violets because its leave are all on an above ground stem. It is easily recognized because of it’s arrowhead shaped leaves that are all clustered along the top of the stem. It’s name “hastata” means “spear-shaped” for the leaves. Halberd refers to a tall battle ax type weapon used in the 15th and 16th century with the same shape as the leaves.

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