Violets By Our Door

Near our front door, in a crack between the foundation and the front step, a violet plant lives. Every spring, it is the first to bloom as it is in a protected warm spot on the south side of the house. In a world of brown it explodes in a celebration of green, white and purple, demanding our attention and insisting we acknowledge spring is on its way.

Its scientific name is Viola Sororia, but it is more commonly known as Common Blue Violet. It is native to eastern North America. Both its leaves and flowers are edible, the leaves being high in both vitamin A and C.  Native Americans used it to treat colds and headaches, and early settlers used the flowers to make jelly.

We don’t eat them, but we so enjoy seeing our little spring herald.

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