Roses are red. Violets are blue. Here is a flower that I never knew!  

It’s funny, and a little sad, how many things you miss if you’re not paying attention.

Until now, I was never really aware of these lovely little purple-blue flowers carpeting the forest floor in spring. As I was walking with my son through our neighbourhood greenbelt, I was struck by an absolutely beautiful fragrance. Looking around, I noticed that the only flowers around were these:

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Common Blue Violets: Viola sororia (There are few versions of violets, but I think this is what these are. Please correct me if you know better.)

Got down on my hands and knees and…. yup, that was it. This is one of those rare times I wish we had smell-o-vision, or scratch and sniff screens, so I could share it with you. All I have is camera-phone photography to share. So, if you see these somewhere, get down low and inhale deeply. Worth it!

How did I not know about violets before? Well, that’s why I’m writing the species of the week.

They can be found in forests, fields and open areas, but like the shade. They have five rounded violet petals (in a group of 2 and a group of 3).

They’re popular in woodland gardens, so I’m thinking about adding some to my naturalized area. (They are known to invade lawns, but I’m not sure that would break my heart). They are native (thank goodness … it always makes me feel better when I come across a native species).

I see that they’re edible, but bland. Wouldn’t they make a pretty addition to a salad though?

Sources:

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/savanna/plants/cm_violet.htm

http://ontariowildflowers.com/main/species.php?id=734

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Posted on May 4, 2015, in Species of the week and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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