Every time I find a flower that I don’t see every day, it constitutes a “favorite find.” And as I mentioned regarding Nuttall’s Violet, I’ve always had a soft spot in my botanical heart for the violet family. This little beauty is one I’ve only seen one other time in the Black Hills, and that was down near Little Falls. It definitely loves moisture, and this one I found near Battle Creek recently.
Some violets can be difficult to distinguish, but the yellow wood violet is unmistakable in the Hills, with a growth habit and structure distinctly different from all the other violets, except the Canada violet, which is white. As I said, unmistakable.