Violet, Common Blue

Viola sororia

Family Violet (Violaceae)
Bloom Spring
Habitat Moist woodland, wooded roadsides
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 4-10″
Flower Deep violet to lavender flowers approx. 1″ across with 5 petals. The center of the flower is white with the 3 lower petals strongly veined. Flowers are often below the leaves and have their own stalk.
Leaf The leaves are heart-shaped with a scalloped tooth. The surface of the leaf is often woolly and rolled along the edge. Each leaf also has it’s own stalk rising from the base of the plant.
Notes Leaves are high in vitamins and have been used in salads or cooked greens.


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