Children Choose the Purple Violet

30 Nov
(?) Viola cucullata (Marsh Blue Violet), P4210...

Viola cucullata (Marsh Blue Violet), (Photo credit: Anita363)


On this day, November 30, 1936, local children chose the purple violet as the province’s official flower emblem.


The Viola Palmata, var, cucullata, was actually chosen more specifically by the local schoolchildren and The Women’s Institute, and adopted by Canada’s Governor-General.


It’s amazingly not unique to New Brunswick, however. It seems to also be the flower of choice for the U.S. States of Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island.


This perennial plant thrives in moist meadows and along stream banks. The violets are typically thought of as a spring plant, but they can sometimes flower as late as October.



Posted by on November 30, 2012 in November, On This Day, Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Children Choose the Purple Violet

  1. Alice

    December 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I do love violets.

    • tkmorin

      December 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Alice! They are indeed lovely, aren’t they?

  2. tkmorin

    November 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    That’s interesting, VM. I agree that sometimes the simplest flowers best represent areas. I like Clematis a lot, myself. Please let me know what you decide; I would be interested in that.

    • WM

      December 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

      I prefer Clematis because of its metaphorical meaning. I am going to write about it on my blog soon.

      • tkmorin

        December 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

        Great! I look forward to it! 🙂

  3. WM

    November 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Viola cucullata is so humble and nice.
    I am hestitating between Clematis vitalba and Lonicera Caprifolium as our possible town’s emblem. Little town Kazimierz Dolny in Poland, central european country, has even mediterranean plants.


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