If You Wish For Them, They Will Come

Since I realized Violet would be one of the plants I wanted to work with this year, I’ve seen exactly 3 flowers along the edge of my yard… no wait, it’s 4… uh, hold on, actually make that 7… well, there’s some more, so that’s 15… holy cow! look, there’s a whole field of them!

In an earlier post I had lamented that although I had tons of Violet where I work, I couldn’t find a single one here at my home.  Right after that post, I was walking the dog, and what do you know, there was a single dainty purple flower all by its lonesome, and two more nearby.  I didn’t dare pick them for fear of them disappearing never to return. Then today I took another walk and saw several more along the  edge of the woods.  Then a few more, and a few more…  By the time I got to the meadow, I could see they were all over the place.

Violets photos

Oh my, don’t I feel blessed! There are still too few to think about harvesting them seriously.  I think I’ll leave them to proliferate this year, except for a snack here and there.

These country Violets are a little different from the city Violets I’ve been enjoying the last few weeks.  The flowers are nearly identical, but the leaves are shaped a bit differently.  They are more elongated and have little horns on the  edge near the stem.

Violets in the country photos

According to Steve Brill, there are a couple of plants with similar, Violet-like flowers that are poisionous, so since the leaves were different here than what I was familiar with, I was careful to make sure it was in fact a Violet before tasting it.  My research indicated that these variations in leaf shape are very common among Viola species.

I found that both the flower and leaves of these country Violets are less sweet and fragrant than the ones with more rounded, heart-shaped leaves at my work place.  They are also a little more astringent, but still very mucilaginous.  Probably they contain exactly the right mix of medicine I need at the moment!


3 Responses to “If You Wish For Them, They Will Come”

  1. Rosalee de la Foret on 18 Apr 2008 at 1:35 pm

    That’s great! I was recently lamenting we didn’t have any hawthorn and low and behold we do – tucked away where I’d never seen it before.

  2. Amber Magnolia on 18 Apr 2008 at 4:27 pm

    As I understand it the flowers have nothing to do with the reproduction of the plant and can be harvested without fear of the violet losing its ability to reproduce (Susan Weed, and others…)

  3. tammy on 18 Apr 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Now that you mention it, Amber, I do seem to remember reading that. I believe I read that the first flowering in the spring does not produce a seed, but the second flowering in the fall does.

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