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Common Blue Violet (Viola papilionacea)

Flower ½ - ¾ in., plant 3-8 in., Violet family

Surely this is the most “commonly” recognized spring flower. Blooming from March to June in damp woods, moist meadows, roadsides, and even lawns, the Common Blue Violet seems to be everywhere. Its five-petaled flowers can be blue, purple, lavender, even white with purple veins. Its leaves are smooth, dark green, and heart-shaped. There are many similar violets, so leaves are the best identifier.

The violet has friends in the insect world. Bees pollinate the flowers and “ant farmers” harvest and plant the seeds. Attracted by oil on the seeds, ants carry them as far as 70 yards to their nests. The seed shells are hard to open, so after eating the oil, the ants leave them in their tunnels.
 

Violets have been around for thousands of years. The Greeks of Athens made them the symbol of their city. They were used as medicines from the 16th century on. Violets can even be candied. Napoleon loved violets so much that he was called Caporal Violette – Corporal Violet. After his defeat at Waterloo, he grew violets in exile on the island of St. Helena. Violets from his wife Josephine’s grave were found in a locket he was wearing when he died.
 
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