Monday, August 9, 2010

Violet (Viola sororia)

VIOLET (Viola sororia)
The violet is one of the most well known flowers, even known to disinterested person. It is common around much of the country, and is hardy enough to survive some inroads of civilization. The violet transplants easily into gardens. Its color is uncommon in nature, and very beautiful.

Sent by Anne, a postcrosser from Champaign in Illinois, USA.

This is from Wikipedia : Viola (most commonly pronounced /vaɪˈoʊlə/ in US English and /ˈviːələ/ in UK English) is a genus of flowering plants in the violet family Violaceae, with around 400–500 species distributed around the world. Most species are found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, however viola species (commonly called violets, pansies or heartsease) are also found in widely divergent areas such as Hawaii, Australasia, and the Andes in South America.

Most Viola species are tiny perennial plants, some are annual plants, and a few are small shrubs. A number of species are grown for their ornamental flowers in borders and rock gardens; the garden pansy in particular is an extensively used spring and autumn/winter bedding and pot plant. Viola and violetta are terms used by gardeners and generally in horticulture for neat, small-flowered hybrid plants intermediate in size between pansies and violets.

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