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Common Blue Violet

Viola sororia


Usually known as the Common Blue Violet, this species is also referred to as Common Meadow Violet, Purple Violet, Woolly Blue Violet, Hooded Violet and Wood Violet. Many consider it a weed due to its ability to self-seed readily on lawns and in gardens. The flowers and leaves of Viola sororia are edible, and certain sources suggest the roots may also be edible. Historically it has been used for various medicinal purposes as well, including as a treatment for colds, headaches and sore throats.


Viola sororia is most commonly found in moist hardwood or mixedwood forests. It also grows in moist fields, meadows, and lawns and can be spotted along woodland trails.


I know this is a variety of wild violet, but after extensive searching, I have been unable to identify the exact species. All of the violets I've looked at have significantly different leaves (usually more curled at the base). I have continued to inquire as to the specific identity of this flower, but until then it seems my best possibility is the Common Blue Violet. (Though it may not actually be this far north). I spotted these violets in the forest after a rain. They aren't extremely tall, but have decently long stalks. The leaves are all at the base of the flower stalk.

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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jun 23, 2013
Submitted on Aug 30, 2013

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