Here's another one, this with flowers a little paler. These are little things, at least to start with. The space shown in this image is no more than three inches across. These small plants spread by sending out shoots along the ground, forming patches of connected rosettes. Violets have bits of leafy tissue at the base of each leaf petiole. Those stipules are one of the identifying features of Walter's violet. They are divided into narrow pointed lobes, forming the tangled looking center of the rosette that you can see here.