Wild Violet
(
Viola nephrophylla)

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.

The wild violet is also called blue prairie violet, prairie blue violet, hooded blue violet, meadow blue violet and butterfly violet.

The early 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.

The violet is the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.