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Viola odorata

Violette odorante
Sweet violet

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white,

purple

Flower size

13-15 mm

Flowering months

March,

April,

May

Leaf type

Cordate

Height

15 cm

Description

Sweet violet has been cultivated for over 2000 years. In Provence, in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, a cultivar of the Sweet Violet, the Victoria Violet, is cultivated for the Grasse perfume industry for its distinctive fragrance. Contrary to what one might think, it is the leaves, not the flowers, that are used. It was particularly popular during the Victorian period.

This plant spreads by long rooting runners.

Flowers

Flowers are dark violet or white with a short upturned spur. The lateral petals are bearded.

Leaves

Cordate heart-shaped. Basal rosette: round to heart-shaped.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: with 3 valves.

Edible

Leaves and flowers. In the form of violet syrup used in the confectionary industry.

Medical

Leaves and flowers: for respiratory problems to soothe and calm coughs.

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