After trying several years to establish those little moisture lovers known as wild violets, I had one just come up in a pot. Needing a moist spot, this receives water drainage from the back porch roof. Not a sure ID without a flower and I haven’t tasted a leaf.
Not one of the starts I brought from a friend’s grass in Albuquerque ever bloomed or set seed, inside or out, and when they die… gone. This is the first place I have lived without scads of wild violets. Not sure if the water from the roof will maintain these through the year, but this one showed up. If it would bloom and set seed, or send out rhizomes! My guess is the seed came in on the pinecones and I have a mad urge to scatter pinecones (from the same source) all over my property.
Wild violets are my favorite green, they are mild and nutritious without the oxalic acid that comes with spinach. I grew up eating Viola canadensis and my guess is this is the same but will not know until it blooms. Wild violets are native to these mountains at higher elevations with more moisture. It could be one of the other less common violets but the odds are against it. When I go uphill I always look for them, just in case.
In Texas I ate Viola sororia, the common blue violet of the eastern half of the US.
After having trouble establishing wild violets around here, I hate to get too excited (but I am thrilled). I have been eating wild violets for over 50 years and I miss them.