Sand violet – 4/28/23

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/28/23

Observation Time: 11:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Sand Violet (also known as Hookedspur Violet)

Scientific Name: Viola adunca

Comments: Sand violet grows where the soil has been disrupted and exposed. I saw this one in an eroded area beside a sloping trail. Sand violet is listed as a species of special concern in Massachusetts. It is illegal to dig them up.

More Information: Massachusetts Natural History and Endangered Species Program (NHESP)