Amazingly, this Tall White Violet (Viola Canadensis) can reach 4 dm (roughly 16 inches) in height. It is quite common in the foothills and higher reaches of the Blue Ridge.
We have found it in rich woodland ravines on the north side of Smith Mountain, and it was well established in the old Anthony's Ford area before the bridge was covered with water from Smith Mountain Lake. Anthony's Ford Bridge was located in Bedford County, just a bit north of our focus area of Pittsylvania County.
This color slide was dated June 1973.
(See also this photograph in larger format.)
Copyright © 2007 William T. Hathaway.