How did the violet become a symbol of Napoleon?https://shannonselin.com/2020/01/symbols-napoleon-violet/
The violets of spring
The association began in April 1814, with Napoleon’s first abdication of the French throne. He was exiled to Elba, a small Mediterranean island 260 km south of France. Before leaving France, Napoleon supposedly told his friends and supporters that he would return with the violets, which bloomed in the spring. Thus his followers began to wear violets, or violet-coloured ribbons, silks, or watch-strings, as a way of signalling to the like-minded that they were Bonapartists.
Violets and Napoleon’s return to France
When Napoleon escaped from Elba and returned to France in 1815, the violet became an open symbol of support. Helen Maria Williams, a British writer and admirer of the French Revolution who spent much of her adult life in Paris, was in the city when Napoleon arrived on March 20.
Another commentator observed:
Roses are red, Violets are blue,
Armies are expensive, Will this Bardin uniform do?