Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

American Dog Violet (Alpine Violet) (Viola labradorica): Images

Date Location Notes Images
April 18, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire Using the new botanical guide by Arthur Haines, Flora Novae Angliae: A Manual for the Identification of Native and Naturalized Higher Vascular Plants of New England, you can see the flow of steps used to identify this species of violet:
  • Plants with leafy aerial stems. Flower stems arising from leaf axils.
  • Plants perennial from rhizomes (underground stems). Style (thin tube in the center of flower connecting the ovary) is not globe-shaped at the end/tip.
  • Flower petals white, cream, purple or violet.
  • Flower petals purple. Sepals eciliate (without hairs on the edge).
  • The spur (sticking out of the back of the flower) is 2.8-7mm long.
  • Leaf blades are commonly hairless or restricted to the front of the leaf.
Date Location Notes Images
April 24, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire