Plant: 10-30 cm tall; stem downy; stipule with a few teeth at the divergence of the leaf and flower stalks
Flower: yellow, with brown streaks on the lower petal; bilateral symmetry
Leaves: leaves usually only on stem but with an occasional single basal leaf; leaves alternate tho at first glance may appear to be opposite; broadly heart-shaped, toothed, prominently veined; hairy beneath, especially along the viens.
Habitat: well drained woods
Range: Nova Scotia west to Manitoba and North Dakota; south to Texas; east to Louisana, Georgia and South Carolina
Similar Species: Viola pensylvanica, Smooth Yellow Forest Violet, has not yet been found in this watershed; it is similar to Viola pubescens, but is not downy and has stipules that lack teeth