One of the commonest violets, with purplish flowers, which are unscented. The spur at the back is gently curved, paler in colour compared to the petals, and slightly grooved at the tip. The sepals are long and pointed. The leaves are shiny green and heart-shaped on long stalks. A low growing plant up to a height of between 8-20 cm.
It flowers April to June, and can be found in deciduous woodland, grassy heaths and gardens. Common and widespread throughout Britain.