15th May 2015
South Shore, Lough Allua, West Cork, Ireland
Not only rare, they are also quite hard to distinguish from the Common Dog Violet.
This is complicated by two sub-species which give Heath Dog Violet varied features plus the ever present complications of hybrids with both Common (Viola riviniana) and Pale Dog Violet ( Viola lactea) .
Leaf shape also looked good with leaf base more squared off with less of the heart shaped base that Common Dog Violet would normally have.