A herbaceous perennial plant native to eastern North America. Known in popular culture by a number of names including Common Meadow Violet, Purple Violet and Woolly Blue Violet, the Common Blue Violet is the state flower of Wisconsin, Illinois, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. When untamed, the flower can become a weed. Beyond its ornamental purpose, the Common Blue Violet has been traditionally used for food and medicine, more commonly colds, headaches, sore throat and constipation. Besides its flowers and leaves, many suggest the roots’ edibility.