sweet white violet
Charming spring blooming perennial with 5-petaled white flowers of which the upper two twist-curl backwards and the lowest is purple-veined.   The stalks of its flowers and heart-shaped leaves often show a reddish-tinge.
occurs in woodlands
Violets are host plants for fritillary butterfly caterpillars.
Beneath my feet
the ground-pine curled
its pretty wreath,
the club-moss burrs;
Around me stood the oaks and firs;
Pine-cones and acorns
lay on the ground;
Over me soared the eternal sky,
Full of light and of deity;
Beauty through my senses stole,--
I yielded myself
to the perfect whole.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Violet, little violet,
Brave and true and sweet thou art.
virtual herbarium sheet 000002 created by Lisa K. SchlaG, 4.ii.2014