Species: Bird's Foot Violet
A. J. Miller-Rushing and R. B. Primack
What Thoreau Said:
This bed of herd's grass and wild oats was spread
Â Last year with nicer skill than monarchs use.
A clover tuft is pillow for my head,
Â And violets quite overtop my shoes.
âÂ âThe Summer Rainâ
Current Status: Violets like this lotus corniculatus, captured at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, are not adjusting their flowering times in response to climate change. They are much less abundant in Concord, Mass., than when Thoreau wrote about them 150 years ago.