Viola odorata

February 22, 2018
contest: Mountain flowers
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The species can be found near the edges of forests or in clearings; it is also a common "uninvited guest" in shaded lawns.
This may be the species mentioned in Shakespeare's famous lines:

"I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine"

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