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Northern White Violet
Viola macloskeyi
(formerly Viola pallens)

Northern White Violet (Viola macloskeyi) Other common names: Macloskey's Violet

Other scientific names: Viola pallens

French names: Violette de Mackloskey

Family: Violet Family (Violaceae)

Group: Violets

Similar species:
  •   Sweet White Violet (Viola blanda) - Grows in drier habitats than Northern White Violet; flowers have no scent.

  •   Kidney-leaved Violet (Viola renifolia) - Leaves are very kidney-shaped; flowers have no scent.

  •   Canada Violet (Viola canadensis) - Flowers much larger, with yellow throat.

Flowers: Spring;  White;  Irregular flowers;  Very small.

Height: Very small.

Habitat: Wet Areas;  Damp woods, edges of bogs and swamps.

Lifespan: Perennial.  

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 28    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 24    ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 389   

Native/Non-native: Native

Photographs: 169 photographs available, of which 6 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Northern White Violet (Viola macloskeyi)

Northern White Violet.
This species is very difficult to tell apart from otehr small white violets.

Northern White Violet (Viola macloskeyi)

Northern White Violet (Viola macloskeyi)

Closer view of a flower.

Northern White Violet (Viola macloskeyi)

This shows the small size of the flower.

Northern White Violet (Viola macloskeyi)

Northern White Violet flowers have a faint fragrance, which helps to distinguish them from those of Sweet White Violet (Viola blanda).

Northern White Violet (Viola macloskeyi)

Northern White Violet flower and leaves.

Range map for Northern White Violet (Viola macloskeyi)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)