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Scientific Name: Viola odorata

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Viola odorata
Viola odorata
Viola odorata
Viola odorata


  • Perennial
  • Small semi-evergreen perennial.
  • Tufts of ovate to heart-shaped leaves.
  • Dainty dark purple, sweetly scented flowers from late winter to spring.
  • Full sun or semi shade.
  • Fully hardy.

Culinary Uses

  • Edible flowers - add to salads, vinegar, ices, syrups, pudding and jellies.
  • Candy for decoration.

Parts Used

  • Whole plant. Leaves, flowers and root.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Rich in vitamin C and A.
  • Cleanses toxins.
  • Anti-cancer - cancer of breast, stomach, lungs and digestive tract.
  • Treat arthritis.
  • Expectorant: respiratory ailments - congestion, coughing and sore throat.
  • Natural aspirin - help headaches, body pains, is a sedative.
  • Antiseptic - gargle for mouth / throat infection.
  • Tea with dried root is a laxative.
  • Tea with whole plant treat digestive disorders.
  • Externally:
  • Poultice reduce swelling, skin infection, inflammation, hemorrhoids, skin cancer and growths.
  • Wash for eczema and rashes.
  • Bath additive.
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