Wildflower of the Week: Blue Violets
Most people know these little purple beauties as common blue violets. There are dozens of different varieties of wild violets, including some which are white, purple and white, yellow, and dark purple. These I identified as common violets because of their broad spade-shaped leaves. Different varieties of violets have different leaves.
These are not viola odorata – meaning that they do not have that strong “violet” scent that some may expect. The flowers are edible however (as with most viola plants) and you can brush them with egg white and sprinkle with granulated sugar and dry them (some people do so in the oven) and use as edible decorations for frosted cakes. If you do this, pick the violets from an area you know has not been sprayed with chemical such as fertilizer or weed killer.
Violets of all kinds can be found in partially shaded wooded areas, or even in your own backyard.