Viola odorata is commonly known as wood violet, sweet violet, English violet, common violet, florist's violet, or garden violet. This is the violet that grows wild in our hedgerows and woodlands.
Naturalises to form a good sized clump over time. Excellent under shrubs and trees. A carpet of violets makes fragrant ground cover.
Grows well in semi-shade or Full Shade with free draining, fertile soil.
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
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