New Jersey State Flower
The violet was originally selected as the New Jersey State Flower in 1913, but the choice was never made official. Fifty years later an attempt was made to correct the situation, but the legislation failed. New Jersey’s garden clubs forced the issue in 1971. Assembly Bill No. 2180 was passed, naming the common meadow violet as the official state flower. Thus, the “Garden State” joined Illinois, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin in honoring the violet as the official state flower.
There are more than 400 violet varieties. As you may expect, the common meadow violet is the most, well … common! The attractive perennial is native to eastern North America and is known by many names, including purple violet, woolly blue violet, hooded violet, and wood violet.
Meadow Violet Facts
Common Name: Meadow Violet
Scientific Name: Viola sororia
Year Adopted: 1971
Peak Bloom: April to August
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