Why the Common Meadow Violet?

by Alice Magdziak • August 15, 2011 • Third StateComments (0)2296

New Jersey’s state flower is the Common Violet (or, the Viola sororia).  But, why?

According to the State’s website:

The state flower of New Jersey was originally designated as such by a resolution of the Legislature in 1913. Unfortunately the force of resolution ended with the start of the 1914 legislative session, leaving the violet with uncertain status for the next fifty years. In 1963 an attempt was made to have the Legislature “officially” designate the violet as the state flower, but the legislation apparently failed. In 1971, at the urging of New Jersey’s garden clubs, legislation more specifically designating the Common Meadow Violet (Viola sororia) as the state flower was enacted.

So, no one seems to be too sure why the violet was initially chosen as the state flower.  But, they’re still pretty nice looking.

Other things we’ve found out about the violet are that we share the state flower with Rhode Island, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The two main types of violets that we see around the United States are the Common Meadow Violet and the Dooryard Violet. Our Common Meadow Violet comes in a variety of colors including white, blue and (most commonly, of course) violet. And, generally violets bloom from March through June.

So, now you can impress your friends and family with your knowledge of New Jersey’s state flower!

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