Common Meadow Violet
Adopted in 1913; 1971.
The state flower of New Jersey was
originally designated as such by a
resolution of the Legislature in 1913.
Unfortunately the force of resolution
ended with the start of the 1914
legislative session, leaving the violet
with uncertain status for the next fifty
years. In 1963 an attempt was made to
have the Legislature "officially"
designate the violet as the state
flower, but the legislation apparently
failed. In 1971, at the urging of New
Viola sororia, as
the state flower was enacted.
The violet is also the state flower
for Illinois, Rhode Island and
THE STATE FLOWER OF NEW JERSEY
Chapter 444, Laws of 1971
ASSEMBLY, No. 2180
Introduced February 16, 1971
By Assemblywoman MARGETTS,
Assemblymen VREELAND and COBB
Referred to Committee on State
AN ACT designating the violet as the
New Jersey State Flower.
BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and
General Assembly of the
State of New Jersey:
The violet (common meadow, V.
sororia) is designated the New
Jersey State Flower.
This act shall take effect
- Family: Violet (Violaceae)
- Habitat: woods, meadows,
- Height: 3-8 inches
- Flower size: 3/4 to 1
- Flower color:
blue-purple, occasionally white or
- Flowering time: April to
- Origin: native
||Plantae -- Plants
||Spermatophyta -- Seed
||Violaceae -- Violet
Willd. -- common blue violet