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Violet, Blue

Scientific Name: Viola sororia

Family: Violaceae

Height: 0.5-0.75 ft.

Spread: 0.5-0.75 ft.

Native Range: Eastern North America, Pennsylvania

Bloom Time: May-June

Ecological Value: Larval host for fritillary butterflies. Nectar source for insects.

Human Value: Flowers and young leaves are edible. The leaves may be eaten in salads or added to soup to thicken it like okra. Flowers can also be used in salads or candied. Both leaves and flowers can be used for tea.

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