He is a small (3-10 cm tall) perennial plant. He only has basal leaves that are rounded and heart-shaped, leaf margin is crenate. The leaf-stalks are woody and covered with hairs. The flowers are white or purple, very fragrant.
Confusion with other plants
She can be confused easily with other violet species, but during the flowering period she can be identified form her intense smell. Out of the flowering period, the leaves can be gathered, in this case, the confusion is not a problem, since the leaves of other species can be used in the same manner.
The habitat and the leaf shape is similar of these two species, and out of the flowering period they can be confused. Lesser celandine's leaves are much thicker than violet's, it has entire margins, and leaf-stalks are not woody. The lesser celandine's leaves can only be gathered before the flourishing period, so make sure thoroughly that you are dealing with violet leaves.