Leaves deeply palmately divided, fern-like. Flowers rich violet, bearded, on stalks held well above the leaves; they are cleistogamous (closed), borne on erect short stalks extending to maturity; spring to summer.
Grows naturally on the dry, open plains of the mid-western states of the USA.
Source: (1997). Violaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.