The pure white form of the sweet violet. In all ways it is the same as the more usual blue/violet wild form with good scent and spreading habit, but with flowers in a clean crisp white.
Naturalises to form a good sized clump over time. Excellent under shrubs and trees.
Grows well in semi-shade or full shade with free draining, fertile soil. Ideal under deciduous shrubs and trees.
Sweet violets have been grown for over 2000 years and were the symbol of ancient Athens. Violets were used in cookery in medieval times and strewn in rooms to disguise unpleasant smells. Essential oil is extracted from the flowers and is still used today in the perfume industry.
Common name(s): Sweet violet; Sweet Violet; Wood Violet; English Violet