Violaceae / Violet
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Lore: The flowers of violets are often served as a garnish either fresh or coated with a sugar glaze.
Medical Uses: Violets
are known to have salicylic acid (aspirin is Acetosalicylic acid) and large amounts of some vitamins. Some violets have
been used for cancer treatments especially skin cancer, but, there is no research to confirm its validity for cancer. It may
however destroy tissue. It has also been used for bladder or urinary problems and there may be some validity to this as
studies have shown it is a diuretic. Flowers of some violets have been used in an infusion to treat colds and flue like
symptoms. In strong doses violet preparations may induce vomiting.
Warning: Violets should not be taken internally in large doses.
Similar Species: Violets found
on this site include:
Appalachien Blue Violet, Viola appalachiensis
Field Pansy, Viola bicolor
Canada Violet (Viola canadensis)
Common Blue Violet, Viola papilionacea
Downy Yellow Violet, Viola pubescens
Johnny-Jump-Up, Viola rafinesquii
Long-spurred Violet, Viola rostrata
Birdfoot Violet, Viola pedata
Bog White Violet, Viola lanceolata
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
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