indigenous flower Rhode Island
Rhode Island is known for being the smallest state in
the Union. However, it does have its own identity to be proud of. One of
the signs of this pride is the fact that it has a state flower: the
violet. This Rhode Island indigenous flower is immortalized in the
famous poem opener: “roses are red, violets are blue There is just so much that one can say about this family of
First of all, there is actually no specific specie named when the violet
was chosen to be Rhode Island’s state flower. The different varieties of
this indigenous flower from Rhode Island should therefore be considered.
Typically, violets are blue. However, the science of genetics has been
able to produce varieties that might just make poets search frantically
for different rhyme patterns.
Most species of this Rhode Island indigenous flower have heart-shaped,
scalloped leaves. They are also commonly herbaceous. This means the
leaves of the plant dies at the end of the growing season. Usually, the
blossoms of this Rhode Island indigenous flower bloom from the months of
April to June. Of course, this still depends on the specific specie in
The blossoms are usually composed of 5 petals. There are some types of
violets where the flowers are clustered, while some have one flower on
one stalk. Again, this depends on the specie being referred to. The
colors, as mentioned before, vary. Some species still sport the usual
purple-blue coloring, while other varieties have been bred to produce
red or even multi-colored blossoms.
One weird thing that some people notice about the blossoms of this
indigenous flower from Rhode Island is the fact that the smell seems
elusive, almost mysterious. Some people feel that the flower merely
gives an illusion or a memory of a scent, giving a sense of dejavu.
Actually, this is because of the fact that the chemical make-up of the
scent of violets includes the component ionone, which acts as a numbing
agent for nasal receptors.
There are many reasons why people cultivate this particular Rhode Island
indigenous flower. First of all: it is actually edible. Many people use
it for salads. It actually tastes pretty bland; however, it does add a
nice aroma. A popular way of preparing violets is candying them. The
blossoms are coated in caramelized sugar. This makes for a tasty,
The leaves, the roots and flowers of this Rhode Island indigenous flower
are also very rich in Vitamins C and A. Because of this, many have
derived various concoctions using the violet. In Chinese herbal
medicine, violets are often used in teas and infusions.
Of course, this indigenous flower of Rhode Island is also prized for its
scent. It is often made into perfumes. Truly, the violet is a small
flower that holds a lot of potential.
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