Viola cucullata blue marsh violet Violaceae VICU; Bx, pb; Q, cu (Greller 1977);

Viola cucullata. David G. Smith. Delaware Wildflowers. delawarewildflowers.org

Viola cucullata. David G. Smith. Delaware Wildflowers. delawarewildflowers.org (Accessed 4/2017).

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). 

Viola cucullata, leaves. © Copyright Michael Strickland, 2008 · 1. I_MST4665. discoverlife.org

Viola cucullata, leaves. © Copyright Michael Strickland, 2008 · 1. I_MST4665. discoverlife.org (Accessed 4/2017).

Fruit egg-shaped, dry capsule, seeds black; fruits June-July. FACW+. 

Wetland status: FACW+

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Swamps, bogs.