Hi everyone, in the many years I’ve live at the Charmer I’ve let the blue violets wander where they will. I actually welcomed them into the crevices between the pavers and inside the flower beds. I thanked them for coming back every year, and they willingly spread their tentacles and took up even more room.
Common Blue Violet is also known as Purple Violet, Wood Violet, Sweet Violet, English Violet, Common Violet, Pansy, Heart’s Ease, Jump-Up, Three Color Violet, Trinity Violet, Wild Pansy, Hens and Roosters, Butterfly Violet or Garden Violet.
For violets suit when home birds build and sing,
Not when the outbound bird a passage cleaves;
Not with dry stubble of mown harvest sheaves,
But when the green world buds to blossoming.
~Christina Georgina Rossetti
Sweet blue Violets is what I use because the name seems to fit. The color is absolutely gorgeous. Mr. C and I always have a “discussion” because he wants to pull them as a weed and I see them as the wildflower they are.
Their beautiful violet color is so easy to spot in the yard…..and easily recognized by their heart shaped leaves.
Common Blue Violet is native to Easter North United States and Canada. If you’d like to see their range you an click here. It is a shade loving perennial and blooms in Spring/summer and dies back in winter. Seeds are set in autumn on small green flowers that hide in the foliage – so please pick as many as you want because it will not hinder next years harvest.
llinois wildflowers states: “During the summer, cleistogamous flowers without petals produce seeds, which are flung outward by mechanical ejection from the three-parted seed capsules.”
Both the leaves and flowers are safe (tasty, mild and bland) for human consumption. Roots can be used medicinally with caution. Healing Wise by Susun Weed gives a plethora of violet recipes from violet vinegar and syrup to soup and salad. Susun sings the praises of sweet violets, citing that 100 grams of fresh spring leaves contain 264mg of ascorbic acid (a component of vitamin C) and 20,000 IU of vitamin A, as well as an assortment of trace minerals.
The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily
do not rob the little blue violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.
If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose,
spring would lose its loveliness.
~Therese of Lisieux
What’s not to love about these sweet beauties…blue violets.