While the genus name for violets is Viola, which is Latin for violet-colored, the only violet part of the Yellow Violet (Viola nuttallii)  is the nectar guides. These purple lines show the way for pollinating insects to the yummy nectary goodness inside.

The leaves and flowers of Nuttall’s violet are edible and are high in vitamins A and C. The rhizomes, fruits, and seeds, however, are said to be poisonous.

Yellow Violet, South Valley Park

Yellow Violet, South Valley Park

Viola nuttallii is but one of many plant, bird, and marine species named after James Nuttall, an English-born Harvard Professor of Natural History, who was an avid explorer, botanist, ornithologist, and ecologist of the western United States in the early 1800s.

Yellow Violet, South Valley Park

Yellow Violets, South Valley Park

Yellow Violets, South Valley Park

Yellow Violets, South Valley Park

One thought on “Countdown to Spring 2015 – T Minus 10

  • March 11, 2015 at 8:43 am
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    Lori, I love the flower pictures and descriptions. You have done a great job. Thanks

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