Great-spurred Violet (Viola selkirkii)
The Great-spurred Violet, or Selkirk's Violet (Viola selkirkii) is a beautiful blue-purple colored violet blooming at Distant Hill Gardens. It is somewhat rare in New Hampshire.
I found a number of these violets growing on a rock outcropping on 'Rattlesnake Knoll', a rocky calcium rich hill in our woods.
V. selkirkii can be distinguished from other purple violets by its large round-tipped spur, by its hairless petals, and by the hairy leaves touching or overlapping at the base.
Like some other violets, this species forcefully ejects its mature seeds from the fruit capsules. Ants then pick up the seeds and aid in their dispersal.