small low- growing plant, the
blooms being about 1/2" - 3/4", but if left alone, it will develop into a nice clump. I'm thinking of digging a few out of the lawn and planting them in my perennial bed. The purple violet was adopted as the official floral emblem of N.B. in 1936, and is also the state flower of Illinois, Wisconsin, Rhode Island and New Jersey! It has no scent but the young leaves and the flowers are edible. You can see the wonderful veining in the petals and the tiny white "fringe" in the throat of each little blossom - such beauty!
I had no thought of violets of late,
The wild, shy kind that spring beneath your feet
In wistful April days, when lovers mate
And wander through the fields in raptures sweet.
The thought of violets meant florists’ shops,
And bows and pins, and perfumed papers fine;
And garish lights, and mincing little fops
And cabarets and songs, and deadening wine.
So far from sweet real things my thoughts had strayed,
I had forgot wide fields, and clear brown streams;
The perfect loveliness that God has made.—
Wild violets shy and Heaven-mounting dreams.
And now—unwittingly, you’ve made me dream
Of violets, and my soul’s forgotten dream.
~ Alice Dunbar-Nelson