Rhode Island State Flower
The violet was designated the official Rhode Island State Flower in 1968. Rhode Island was the first of four states to choose the violet, but the last to formally do so. Rhode Island school children voted for the common blue violet over ten other candidates in 1897. However, the floral emblem wouldn’t be officially adopted by the state for another 71 years. During that time span, three other states–Illinois, Wisconsin, and New Jersey–adopted the violet as their official symbol.
The common blue violet is found primarily in the northern part of the “Ocean State.” Violets are easy to grow in gardens and also thrive in the wild. Outside city limits, the popular perennial is typically found in meadows, woods, and preserves.
Common Name: Violet
Scientific Name: Viola sororia
Year Adopted: 1968
Peak Bloom: April to June
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