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Drawing of Sand Violet (Viola affinis)

Sand Violet (Viola affinis)

Sand Violet (Viola affinis) is a herbaceous perennial that is found from the mid-west to the eastern United States and adjacent southern Canada. This plant is a host plant to fritillaries and a number of bees. These violets are acaulescent (lack a stem) and have light purple flowers with a large white striped center. They can be found growing in wet floodplains, shaded wooded slopes, and in open areas.

Indian Wood Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) at McMullen House

Indian Wood Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)

Indian Wood Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) is a herbaceous perennial that is found in the eastern part of the southwest, southern mid-west and eastern United States, except New England. This plant is a host plant to six species of butterflies, most of them skippers. This grass species is often found in floodplains that get partial shade and have moist soil conditions. The green flowers come out in the late summer to fall.

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) in the woods

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) is found in the mid-western and eastern United States and a number of provinces in Canada. This plant hosts a species of butterfly and a number of bees. The purple flowers are often encountered in lawns, but are also a common woodland flower.

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