Viola

Violet (Viola odorata)
Other Names
Common Violet, Sweet Violet.
Origins - Europe.
Type
Perennial (evergreen).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 5 - 9.
Bloom
Late Winter, Spring.
Height
2 - 3 in. (5 - 7 cm).
Cultivation
Sun or semi-shade, moist,
rich soils. Deadhead for longer flowering season.
Propagation
By seeds (sow in Spring), or by clump division (Spring, or Fall). Once settled, they will spread carpet, like.
Other
Fragrant blooms, perfect woodland plant. Tiny in size, modest looking flower. Its deep blue blooms have sweet, and captivating fragrance. Irresistible to artisans, artists (Chopin), famous leaders (Napoleon), and ordinary folk, alike.
An all time favorite, century, after
century. Romans used blooms to flavor wine, others appreciated violets in home made cough, and other remedies.
One of Victorian favorites, Violet makes popular name for a girl, till these days.
Violet's blooms are edible;
- they can be used in salads.

Candied violet petals make extremely decorative touch on ice creams, cakes, in candies.
Essential oils of Violet are used to make perfumes, and perfume food items, such as vinegars, syrups, honey, jams, sugars, jellies, drinks, sauces, teas, liqueurs, and lots, lots, more....
For white blooms, try Viola odorata 'Alba'.
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Hardiness Zones

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