Violet - First State Flower of Rhode Island Art Print by Trae Mundt.

Rhode Island State Flower - The Violet



In 1968 the "violet" Viola palmata was designated the official state flower. In 2001 the law was amended to read the "violet" Viola sororia was designated the state flower.

Are these violets the same flower? Did the law makers designate a new violet when they amended the law?  I've read that experts say that the viola palmata is a hybrid between the Viola sororio and the Viola sagittata. 

A common name for the Viola palmata is early blue violet. The flowers are purple to blue. The leaves are lobed and grow from the base of the plant. The Viola palmata is featured in this illustration.

Fun Floral Fact - This plant is hairy.

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