Watercolor by Susan Loy. The violet is the flower of February in the North American flower calendar. Violet means faithfulness or faith in the Victorian language of flowers. The sweet violet is Viola odorata. Violet is the diminutive of Viola, the Latin form of the Greek name Ione. Some writers explain this association with a Greek legend in which Jupiter changed his beloved Io into a white heifer and caused violets to grow as food for her.