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Sweet Violet
Scientific Name: Viola odorata Linn.
Synonym:
Family: Violaceae
Sweet Violet (Viola  odorata) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 7-10

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: Widely spread in Europe, Asia, and Africa

Growth Habits: Semi-evergreen stemless perennial, carpet forming, up to 4 inches tall (10 cm) or more, leaves up to 2 inches in diameter (5 cm)

Watering Needs: Somewhat drought resistant, but prefers moist, well drained, humus rich soil.

Propagation: Division in the fall, seeds in winter.


The Violet leaves and flowers are edible. The leaves can be used in salads or cooked. The flowers are scented and make a marvellous addition to a salad. Root are sometimes used as a laxative herbal tea.
The species epithet "odorata" comes from the Latin for "scented".
In the soutwestern US hot summers, the violets are generally dormant from June to October.

Sweet Violet (Viola  odorata)

Blooming Habits:
Blue flowers in late winter, early spring

Fruiting Habits:


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