Viola odorata

Common name(s): sweet violets

Description: perennial; spreads as a low groundcover by seed and by rhizome. Edible, heart-shaped leaves and edible flowers- blooms in spring.

Height: to 6 in. Spread: to 15+ in.

Position: partial shade, tolerant of clay and poor soil

Uses: medicine, culinary- eaten fresh, candied or infused in syrup/honey/vinegar/etc., perfume, dye

Winter Hardiness: to 0 F and lower