Viola cucullata is a perennial herb, colonial from a short, stout rhizome.
Leaves tufted, all basal, early leaves egg to kidney-shaped, late season leaves to 10 cm wide, tip long-pointed, base round-lobed, margin toothed, blade held at an angle to leaf stalk.
Flowers pale violet with a dark blue-veined center, side petals densely bearded, but hairs less than 0.1 cm long and Knobbed at tip, flower stalks long, closed flowers long, slender; blooms April-May (Hough 1983).
Fruit egg-shaped, dry capsule, seeds black; fruits June-July. FACW+.
Wetland status: FACW+
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Swamps, bogs.