Sweet Violet is a common name for Viola odorata.
It is fairly easy to care for sweet violets; they like a moist soil so supply with mulch and water them regularly. At the start of spring give them a feed using a liquid fertilizer. Once flowering has finished cut back sweet violet to the ground. The flowers appear as early as February and last until the end of April. The sweet violet is an evergreen perennial woodland plant growing about 10cm tall and forming a carpet of growth that makes a good weed-excluding ground cover. The edible leaves can be harvested all year round, and the edible flowers are produced in late winter and early spring.
Sweet violets have various other uses in the garden, including various medicinal uses. For example, it has a strong folk reputation in the treatment of cancer and whooping cough. It also contains salicylic acid, which is used to make aspirin, and is therefore effective in the treatment of headaches, migraine and insomnia. An essential oil from the flowers and leaves is used in perfumery and the flowers themselves are used to flavor breath fresheners.
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