Wild violet is a winter perennial, growing 2 to 5 inches tall. It can have a taproot or a fibrous root system, and also can produce rooting stolons and rhizomes. The leaves can vary but are usually heart shaped on long petioles with scalloped to shallow rounded margins. The flowers of wild violet range from white to blue to purple and appear from March to June. Flowers are pansy-like with three lower petals and two lateral petals on long single flower stalks.