The wood violet is the Wisconsin state flower and creates a lovely carpet of purple in May. Violets have a delicate, floral scent and are very cheery in appearance.
Also mentioned is that the method of making syrup from violets is centuries-old. A recipe taken from Hannah Woolley's Queen-Like Closet (written circa 1692) reads as follows "Take violets clipped clean...to every ounce of violets take two ounces of water, so steep them upon embers till the water be as blew as a violet..."
2 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh purple violet blossoms, stems removed
4-5 strips of lemon zest (size should be 1 inch by 1/2 inch)
1 cup boiling water
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
Make sure violets are clean. Add violets and lemon strips in a 4-5 cup heatproof bowl. …