Violets are relatively small flowers that often do not get much notice, but being brightly colored and of irregular symmetry, are among the most in our flora. These common flowers are also among the first flowers to bloom in the spring, some coming forth while snow is still nearby. Generally they are very prolific and can put on a great early season show in low damp forests where most species find habitat. A few species like semi-arid grasslands and sagebrush while other reach open rocky soils of the subalpine. There are about 300 species found on all continents except Antartica.