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Violets:
The above  violets were photographed in April. The Canada Violet was photographed at Cove Hardwood Nature Trail (GSM)  and the Long-Spurred Violet was found on Cucumber Gap Trail out of Elkmont Camp Ground (GSM).  There are more than 50 varieties of violets in the Southern Appalachian area with most being colored blue or purple.  Violets often hybridize, making it difficult to determine species.
Round-Leaved Violet:

The Yellow Round-Leaved Violet is the only "stemless" yellow violet with flowers and stems on separate stalks. The small, beautiful flower has brown veins and a lateral beard in its 3 lower petals.  The round, fine toothed leaves which resemble galax leaves, lie close to the ground, can reach a width of 4", and are often retained through winter.  Look for this plant in rich soils at all elevations.  Blooming time usually is March and April, but occasionally you may find it as late as July.
Halberd-Leaved Yellow Violet:

The Yellow Halberd-Leaved Violet  has a five petal flower with brown veins on the lower petals and the back of the flower sometimes has a purple tinge.  Growing 4"-10" tall, the plant produces  two to three variegated arrow shaped leaves each year.  Look for this beautiful violet from March through May  at elevations up to 3000' in rich, moist, deciduous woods.