Early spring brings violets! I already mentioned yellow violet species in previous posts: canary violet (04-18-14) and pine violet (04-28-15). Shelton’s violet (Viola sheltonii) is another yellow violet that brightens the drab landscape.
Growing in shady areas, particularly under ponderosa pines, Shelton’s violet is recognized by basal leaves divided into three lobed leaflets.
Like all violets, the flowers and leaves of this yellow beauty are edible.
This Shelton’s violet was growing along the Pacific Crest Trail near Baum Lake.