One of the
earliest wildflowers to bloom in the spring, the wild violet
is also one of the most familiar. The flowers can be
blue, violet, lavender, reddish-purple or whitish.
violet is also called blue prairie violet, prairie blue violet,
hooded blue violet, meadow blue violet and butterfly violet.
settlers made a jelly from the flowers as well as a tea to treat
headaches and sore throats. The leaves are very high in
vitamin A and vitamin C.
is the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island and