This plant has a mild fragrance
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Sweet Violet Overview
Viola odorata is a perennial plant from the Violaceae family. Commonly known by many names including Sweet Violet and English Violet. It produces kidney to heart-shaped leaves and attractive scented purple or white flowers measuring around 2cm across. This is a spreading, rhizomatous plant which grows about 8cm tall. The leaves are dark green, pointed and heart to kidney-shaped with shallowly toothed edges. Viola is a large genus of approximately 500 species. They are mainly annuals, biennials, deciduous or evergreen/semi-evergreen perennials. Most species are found in diverse habitats in temperate regions all over the world. Most of the popular cultivars - often referred to as Pansies or Violas - are complex hybrids, some of which are lightly scented, many of which are bi-or multi-coloured. There is a Viola species suitable for just about every garden situation - from rock gardens to summer bedding to spring-flowering bulbs - and they are popular for year-round container gardening.
Common problems with Sweet Violet
May also be affected by mosaic virus.
Sweet Violet Companion Plants
How to harvest Sweet Violet
Flowers can be picked when open, for use in salads.
How to propagate Sweet Violet
Seeds to be sown in spring, scattered lightly over the desired area, then either compressed or lightly covered with top soil.
Best divided in Summer, after the plant has finished flowering. This is when the plant will start developing new roots. Plant immediately in moist soil.
Special features of Sweet Violet
Sweet Violets make an excellent groundcover in semi-shaded areas.
Other uses of Sweet Violet
Ground cover, containers, walls and rock gardens, culinary, medicinal, perfumery
The leaves and flowers have expectorant properties, helping ease coughs and colds.
The flowers make an attractive addition to salads, with a very mild sweetness. The leaves can also be used in salads if harvested when young.