Spring is just around the corner, promising delightful colours and delicate aromas. Common Blue Violet is one of our earliest spring species. While it favours damp woods & meadows, you may also find this tender edible plant in park lawns, school playgrounds, or even in the rich green grass of your own backyard.
April 9th update: Today! Violet delights, snuggled down in a lush green urban lawn. Down on all fours, taking in the beauty of these nodding, delicately veined blue violet flowers, our noses are tickled by their deliciously sweet scent. Across the road, along a wetland path, Coltsfoot is also springing into full bloom!
To delight your springtime visitors, offer them a refreshing cold drink with Blue Violet flowers frozen in the ice cubes : )
Best practices for harvesting: only take what you need and in a way that supports plant growth. Offer your gratitude. And, if there aren't many plants in the area, please leave them for the bees!
Interested in learning more? 10 Edible Plants for Wild Forage Teas is a free pdf download.
As an enthusiastic student of the natural world, I share my explorations of all that is wild with all of you — teacher, parent, and child!