Even before you notice the finely divided leaves, you will have a sense that this is a different violet. The flowers are larger; somehow just a little more dramatic. They come in a range of colors from very deep blue to white. Some, particularly in the south, are two colored with darker petals above. The plants are annual, while most violets are perennial. They prefer poor, often sandy soil in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH(T), NJ, NY(V), OH(T), OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, and ON(E). Jackson Co MI, 5/18/11.