They call it a violet, but at least the botanists put the green violet in a separate genus, Hybanthus, under the family of Violaceae, the violets. Else it would seem more out of place in such elegant company than it does. Green violet looks very much like a small, commonplace, uninspiring, unbeautiful weed. But the flower has the same structure as a violet.
Hybanthus concolor (Forst.) Spreng.
April - May Deep woods.
Superficially it may appear as un-violetlike as any plant one might find a tall stem, hairy, with long tapering leave- set alternately upon it. and. in the axils of the leaves, queer little green flowers of a peculiar shape. But on examining these little flowers under a magnifying glass, one who is not a botanist may discover something surprising. That little green thing really does look something like a violet. The color is all wrong, of course; a green flower always looks like something unborn, something too soon out of the hud and uncolored as yet by the sunshine.
But green violets stay green. Their tiny green petals enclose a seed-producing mechanism, a pod, which is properly violet-like and thus puts the green violet automatically into an order of flowers noted for beautiful blossoms.
Green violet is found not commonly hut occasionally in Illinois, in moist ravines, in woods along creeks, in woods rich in moist leaf mold and -haded by tall trees.