Mystery bloom on hardy Viola

Alum Bridge, WV

I have a volunteer Viola in one of the boxes on my porch. It is 10 to 12 inches tall, no stem, and blooms look like spouted beans rather than like conventional bloom, and seed is set soon after the "blooms" appear. This is its second year in the box and it is now sucumbing to the cold as it did last fall.

What in the world do I have and how did I get it?

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Sounds like some variation on cleistogamous flowering... ?

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

I agree. Violas can have two types of blooms, the "regular" kind and the cleistogamous type. It's completely normal.

New York, NY(Zone 7a)

In these two years, have you ever seen it produce a flower that isn't just a pod? One with colored petals?

If not, is it a small plant that sends running stems in all directions?

I think I may have the same thing.

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