Rhode Island State Flower - The Violet
In 1968, the "violet" Viola palmata was designated the official state flower of Rhode Island. In 2001, the law was amended to read the flower commonly known as 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.
Rhode Island's official state flower, the Viola sororia is featured in this illustration.
Fun Floral Fact - I've read this perennial plant is native to eastern North America.