Monday, April 29, 2019

Pioneer Violet

A backyard flower—I assume it is Viola glabella, the Pioneer or Stream Violet. This common, native wildflower inhabits the western United States, Canada and northeastern Asia. It is a shade-loving plant, often found under conifer forests. The dark lines on some of the petals serve as nectar guides for pollinating insects. Young leaves are said to be edible, but the flowers can cause diarrhea (Wikipedia).

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