Rainy Day Blues

Tracy Wazny

Norwood, Canada

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Early Blue Violet- Viola adunca
Early blue violet’s delicate blossoms hold one of the loveliest wildflower fragances. Enjoy it while you can. The flower’s perfume dosen’t fade but your sense of smell is soon dulled by a substance called ionine. In a few moments the perfume returns, only to disapear again just as quickly. The leaves and flowers of all violate are edible, but many are to small for gathering. There flowers make beautiful garnishes in salads or punch bowls. They can be candied or used to make purplish jelly and vinegar. violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and one-half cup of violet leaves has more vitamin C as four oranges.

Plant: Low perennial, 2-8cm tall when flowering.

Leaves: Basal (at flowering time), heart shaped usually 1-2.5cm wide, blunt-toothed; stalks with 2 slender, toothed lobes(stipule).

Flowers: Blue to purple with a white throat, 2 lipped, with 5 seperate petals and a 4-6mm backward pointing spur, side petals hairy, 8-15mm long; flowers single on slender stalks.

Blooms: May to July

Fruits: 4-5 mm long capsules, shooting out brown seeds.

Habitat: Moist to dry, sandy or gravelly sites.

Distribution: Native from Labrador to Alaska, south through the western U.S.

Pick: A few.

This shot of these purple beautys is from the the woods on my property . But, they have spread over my lawn and TAKEN OVER my garden!- Wildflowers gone crazy!- Norwood Ontario Canada.

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