Apr. 29, 2017

sweet white violet, Viola blanda

I went looking for this one the other day. I hadn't visited sweet white violets in thirty years. It's an interesting violet, almost looking like it is displaying approach avoidant behavior, with its lateral petals reaching for us, and its upper petals stretching away. This was a species not yet illustrated on MIchigan Flora, so it was particularly fun to find. The Cherokee ate the leaves parboiled then fried with other greens. Growing in low woods in AL, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Lenawee Co MI, 4/23/17.