Common Blue Violets have blossomed across the forest floor. This violet is the common violet of Minnesota woodlands, meadows, and gardens. Erika considers these violets to be weeds in her garden. She curses their sturdy, under-ground roots by which the violets propagate. Violets are hard to identify. They vary in leaf-shape, flower color, and other field marks. Botanists do not know how to handle this diversity, and file most under one species, Viola sororia.