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Common Violet - Viola

Low growing herb with heart shaped leaves. Field Guide to North American Wildflowers

The flowers of wild violet have five petals and are usually purple, but can also be white or yellow.

" This lovely plant also makes a good salad. High in vitamins A and C it used to be a very welcome raw salad or cooked green early in the spring when fresh vegetables were hard to come by. The flowers are more often used nowadays. They can be candied and also used in jellies. " Waddell School

The chief use of the Violet in these days is as a colouring agent and perfume, and as the source of the medicinally employed Syrup of Violets.

"The seeds, separated from the rest of the fruit, were eaten by Native Americans raw or as toppings on deserts, tastes like Butternuts."

Violets prefers moist shade.

Violets are the larval host plant for Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly .

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