Viola odorata

Names

Names

Scientific: Viola odorata

English: Wood violet

Portuguese: Violeta

Origins

Origins

Family: Violaceae

Origin: Europe

Life Cycle: Annual / Perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NameViola odorata
English NameWood violet, sweet violet, English violet, common violet, florist's violet, garden violet.
Portuguese NameVioleta, violeta-verdadeira.
German NameDuftveilchen, Märzveilchen, Wohlriechendes Veilchen.
FamilyViolaceae
OriginEurope.
Preferences CultivationFences, hedges, moist and shady places, edges of fields.
Life CycleAnnual / Perennial
HabitatPartial or dappled shade. Humus-rich and moist well-drained soils.
Method of propagationSow in autumn and division in the autumn or after flowering.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from March to June. H 0,2 m, ᴓ 0,2 m
Description of smells and flavorsSweet and aromatic.
Properties MedicinalTreatment of cancer, headaches, insomnia and whooping cough. The whole plant is anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, expectorant and laxative. Internally: treatment of bronchitis, respiratory catarrh, coughs, asthma and breast, lungs or digestive tract cancers.
Properties EdibilityEdible flowers and leaves (raw or cooked).
Properties OtherOrnamental.
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsContraindications: Do not consume with other laxatives.
Pests and diseases & how to fight themSnails and slugs.
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: leaves and flowers. Harvest: when flowering.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Attracts pollinators and beneficial insects.
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesThis plant contains salicylic acid, which is used to make aspirin.

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