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Growth habit: Spreading/creeping/trailing

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Flowers: Showy
Other: will produce cleistogamous flowers
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Culinary Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees


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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Jan 9, 2012 2:53 AM

This little plant grows wild in yards in western Kentucky. A lot of people consider them invasive. I like them because they are a sure sign of spring. I also like them because they often will grow as ground cover where nothing else grows.

Viola odorata is a species of the genus Viola and is native to Europe and Asia. In India it is commonly used as a remedy to cure sore throat and tonsilitis. Some of our Native Americans used it in the same way medicinally. The sweet scent of this flower has proved popular to many generations particularly in the late Victorian period, and has consequently been used in the production of many cosmetic fragrances and perfumes. The French are also known for their violet syrup, most commonly made from an extract of violets. In the United States, this French violet syrup is used to make violet scones and marshmallows. (Wiki)

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 23, 2012 3:05 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant.

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Posted by desertkoigal (Tucson - Zone 9a) on May 24, 2013 9:38 PM

Grows in Tucson in a shady spot with daily watering

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 15, 2013 6:05 AM

Violas make lovely dried or pressed flowers and the size is good for a number of craft uses. Pressed between glass and framed, they can become attractive dried flower "pictures".

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Apr 14, 2016 9:18 AM

Sweet violets are a jolly little plant that will self-sow and/or send runners out wherever the conditions are right. One of the earliest spring blooms, I let them colonize where they want, occasionally pulling them after bloom if they are crowding other plants. Mine limit themselves to my north and east yards, usually at the front edge of a bed. A pairing I am particularly fond of is violets at the foot of Stella daylilly - by the time Stella has covered the violets, they have finished blooming and don't seem to mind being in her shade for the rest of the season. Violets are also a host plant for spider mites, so keep your eye out.

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