30 April 2008

Common Violet

This flower has five petals and five sepals and the leaves tend to be heart shaped. The lower petal has a hollow spur which acts as a landing pad for insects. The violet is the Illinois state flower. The legend of the violet is that the goddess Io was loved by Zeus, to hide his love from his jealous wife, Zeus transformed Io into a cow. This made her cry and Zeus changed Io's tears into sweet smelling flowers.

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