Violet

Rhode Island State Flower

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Violets

Violets; photo by Miria Grunick on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Official State Flower of Rhode Island

Rhode Island was the last state to adopt an official state flower. Although the delicate, beautiful violet (viola sororia) was voted as the state flower by Rhode Island's school children in 1897, the flower was not officially adopted by the state legislature until 1968. All State Flowers

There are 400-500 species of violet (viola) distributed around the world, most in the temperate northern hemisphere. Illinois and New Jersey also adopted the diminutive violet as their state flower symbol. 

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Images

Wood violet; photo by Maia C on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Violet flower

Violets; photo by John Lodder on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Violets

Videos

MyNature Apps; Identifying Common Blue Violet, Viola sororia