Now I realize this plant is one of the most common in North America, and it's considered by many to be a weed. But at this point, I can't wait to see the bright periwinkle blooms and lush green, heart-shaped leaves of this ubiquitous plant.
Also, part of the reason I'm keeping this blog and highlighting "plants of the month" is to document the plants that grow here...even if they have "issues."
In my garden, the Wood Violet isn't terribly invasive, although it is plentiful--especially at the edge of the woods.
The Wood Violet:
- Is the state flower of several U.S. states, including Wisconsin;
- Blooms here in mid-spring;
- Spreads by vigorous runners and seeds;
- Is a common flower featured in myths, paintings, and literature.
The American Violet Society offers a wealth of information about all types Violets. What I find most fascinating is the section about Native American folkloric, medicinal, and nutritional uses for Violets. For example, did you know that the Blackfoot used an infusion of Violet roots and leaves to treat asthma, or that the Cherokee soaked corn seeds in a solution made from Violet root to repel insects?
Plus, just looking at the tiny blooms improves my mood!
(Linking in with Dozens for Diana at Elephant's Eye on False Bay.)