Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Johnny Jump-Up

Two years ago, I threw out some wild flower seed mix. Now each spring, wild violas bloom in my yard, wilt in the heat of summer, then return in the fall. They pop up in the most delightful places. The viola genus contains several hundred hybrids of violets, viola, and pansies that may be annuals or perennials. Johnny Jump-Ups are shown in my photos and are characterized by small, compact flowering plants that grow 3-6 inches in height. The flower petals are generally purple, indigo, and yellow-gold but may have other colors as well.

Most violas are resilient especially during cold snaps and have a long growing season. Johnny Jump-Ups wildflowers are native to the mountains of Spain and France. The flowers attract honeybees and butterflies. They self-sow rapidly and the young leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked. To me, the leaves taste like a mild sweet grass, while the flowers have a mild wintergreen flavor. The flowers look gorgeous in a salad, frozen in ice cubes, in spring tonics or as a garnish.

When I tune into the vibration of these dainty and royal beauties, I feel grace, joy, humility, dignity, and spiritual wisdom. They have a sweet and kind energy with a bit of playfulness. The flower clusters are delicate but so strong and resilient.

With Grace and Joy,

Disclaimer: It is solely up to the reader to ensure proper plant identification. Some wild plants are poisonous and can have adverse health effects. African violets are a different genus that Johnny Jump-Ups and are NOT to be eaten.

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