Plant A Day – Downy Yellow Violet

Downy Yellow Violet Viola pubescens

Downy Yellow Violet
Viola pubescens

Previous comments suggest that some of you like the poems in my posts.  Maybe I’ll write one someday but for now here’s one about by William Cullen Bryant.  This poem was found at Poetry Foundation.

By William Cullen Bryant 1794–1878

When beechen buds begin to swell,
  And woods the blue-bird’s warble know,
The yellow violet’s modest bell
  Peeps from the last year’s leaves below.
 
Ere russet fields their green resume,
  Sweet flower, I love, in forest bare,
To meet thee, when thy faint perfume
  Alone is in the virgin air.
 
Of all her train, the hands of Spring
  First plant thee in the watery mould,
And I have seen thee blossoming
  Beside the snow-bank’s edges cold.
 
Thy parent sun, who bade thee view
  Pale skies, and chilling moisture sip,
Has bathed thee in his own bright hue,
  And streaked with jet thy glowing lip.
 
Yet slight thy form, and low thy seat,
  And earthward bent thy gentle eye,
Unapt the passing view to meet
  When loftier flowers are flaunting nigh.
 
Oft, in the sunless April day,
  Thy early smile has stayed my walk;
But midst the gorgeous blooms of May,
  I passed thee on thy humble stalk.
 
So they, who climb to wealth, forget
  The friends in darker fortunes tried.
I copied them—but I regret
  That I should ape the ways of pride.
 
And when again the genial hour
  Awakes the painted tribes of light,
I’ll not o’erlook the modest flower
  That made the woods of April bright.

 

The heart-shaped leaves are about as long as they are wide

The heart-shaped leaves are about as long as they are wide

This is one of those Violet species that has leaves along the stem rather than just basal leaves

This is one of those Violet species that has leaves along the stem rather than just basal leaves

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