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Common Wood Violet is a stemless herbaceous perennial plant that is native to eastern North America.
This one was spotted along the trail in a deciduous forest at the Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve near Clarks Hill (McCormick County), SC.
It is known by a number of common names, including; common meadow violet, purple violet, woolly blue violet, hooded violet and wood violet. Beyond its use as a common lawn and garden plant, Viola sororia has historically been used for food and for medicine. The flowers and leaves are edible, and some sources suggest the roots can also be eaten. The Cherokee used it to treat colds and headaches. Rafinesque, in his Medical Flora, a Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America (1828–1830), wrote of Viola sororia being used by his American contemporaries for coughs, sore throats, and constipation.
Spotted on Mar 23, 2014
Submitted on Jan 4, 2015