FEBRUARY SPOTLIGHT: ALL ABOUT VIOLETS
With February almost over and Valentine’s Day long gone, most people don’t want to have anything to do with flowers for a while, except us that is. We want to talk to you about this month’s flower of the month: Violets.
Although not always violet, this versatile flower comes in blue, yellow, white/cream, and can express itself in both blue and yellow. It grows primarily in the northern hemisphere and can grow freely here in the U.S. from Maine all the way down to here in Florida. These vibrant flowers are so versatile that they can be found as perennials, annuals, and even as a shrub. The best way to identify Violets is by the shape of their petals and leaves. They are an asymmetrical flower with heart shaped leaves and each petal has a little spur at the end.
February’s flower is definitely an amazing one with a long history. Records show that this flower was being cultivated well before 500BC by ancient Greeks and Romans. They used Violets in a medicinal way to make herbal remedies but to also make wine and sweeten food. Can this little flower do everything? According to the Greeks it can even make you fall in love. They believed that Violets were a symbol of virility and love, so they often used the flower to make love potions. Don’t try this at home, though, Violets can also be used as a laxative. Your love potion might just send you to the bathroom.
The best time to enjoy Violets, or Violas, is in the spring time when they are most commonly seen flowering. They’re a beautiful flower and easy to care for. Maybe that’s why they were Napoleon Bonaparte’s go to flower. Who can blame? Follow Napoleon’s lead and make them your go to flower as well.
- Danny Sanchez