Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia)

Widespread and flexible in its habitat needs, Common Blue Violet is an early nectar supply for pollinators and it leaves are relied on as a food source for Fritillary butterfly caterpillars. Common Blue Violet is native across Minnesota and spreads easily when given space, making it an attractive and low-maintenance ground cover for a variety of shady habitats. Flowers bloom early and often, and are even edible.