The Common Meadow Violet (Viola sororia) became the official state flower of New Jersey in 1971! This beautiful perennial grows in preserves, roadsides, damp woods – and sometimes in suburban lawns throughout the state. It blooms from March to June, the flowers range in color from white to blue to purple, and the petals are edible (and a rich source of vitamin C). After the first flowers have bloomed, the Common Meadow Violet will then produce a second set of small closed flowers. These “buds” contain the seeds – look for them in the early summer months.

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