Plant ID forum: What kind of violet is this?

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Kamomile
May 7, 2017 2:17 PM CST
Hi I'm new here I hope I'm posting in the right place. I was out walking today and I took a lot of pictures of plants I want to identify. I'll start with one for now though. I think it's a type of violet, but what variety. I'll upload a few pictures to help with identification.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 7, 2017 3:59 PM CST
Welcome!

Its a Wood Violet (Viola sp.). To get a more specific variety, we would have to know where in the world you were walking and if this was in someone's garden or the forest.
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Kamomile
May 8, 2017 4:38 AM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Its a Wood Violet (Viola sp.). To get a more specific variety, we would have to know where in the world you were walking and if this was in someone's garden or the forest.


Thank you. I'm in Illinois if that helps. It was in the forest preserve, there's a lot of them here.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 8, 2017 10:02 AM CST
Than its Viola sororia sororia - Common Blue Violet. The flowers are edible but don't add anything but color to a salad. My tortoise goes wild for them though. Smiling
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Kamomile
May 8, 2017 11:01 AM CST
DaisyI said:Than its Viola sororia sororia - Common Blue Violet. The flowers are edible but don't add anything but color to a salad. My tortoise goes wild for them though. Smiling


Thanks Smiling could they be brewed as tea though? Would it be safe to eat wild violets found in a forest preserve? I hear they have quite a few health benefits.

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 8, 2017 11:32 AM CST
The violets are safe to eat but what will the Warden say about picking the flowers? The young leaves are also edible (even less appealing than the flowers, taste wise). I have never tried brewing tea from them but it won't hurt you to try it out.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Kamomile
May 9, 2017 12:04 PM CST
DaisyI said:The violets are safe to eat but what will the Warden say about picking the flowers? The young leaves are also edible (even less appealing than the flowers, taste wise). I have never tried brewing tea from them but it won't hurt you to try it out.


Ok thank you, I ate a few by themselves. Oddly enough they don't taste bad I kinda liked them, but then again I have odd taste lol. But you're right about it not being a good idea to pick things in a forest preserve so I won't do that. But thank you for the information.

But I'll add violets to my list of things I'd like to grow if I ever get a garden :)

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