Dog Violet (Viola riviniana)
Leaf-edge makes clear change of direction at tip rather than being rounded there as in Marsh Violet. All leaves are heart-shaped, about as long as broad. Plants ahve a basal non-flowering leaf-rosette with flowers arising on side-branches or from buds on roots. Other features: Lower petal white at innermost end, with area of dark vertical veins just below this. Flower has a long spur which is notched at the end.
Habitat: Another plant found in Glencoe.
''Viola riviniana'', the common dog-violet, is a species of the genus ''Viola'' native to Eurasia and Africa. It is also called wood violet and dog violet. It is a perennial herb of woodland ridges, grassland and shady hedge banks. It is found in all soils except acid or very wet.
It is a perennial, flowering from April to June.
''Viola riviniana'' was voted the county flower of Lincolnshire in 2002, following a poll by the wild plant conservation charity Plantlife.