(This page describes the flower called "Violet", for the color violet, see Violet.)
A Violet is a leafy-stemmed, low growing, herbaceous plant of the genus Viola. It has short-spurred, irregular flowers that are typically a purplish-blue (violet) color, but they can also have purple, blue, yellow, white, or variegated flowers. The flowers have a sweet fragrance. They are easy to grow,and flower best when given sunlight in the spring, and shade in the summer. There are many varieties of Violets.  The Violet is the state flower of Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.