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Viola odorata

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Phonetic Spelling
vy-OH-la oh-dor-AY-tuh
Description

The edible flowers have a sweet, perfumed flavor.  They can be candied or eaten fresh.  Both leaves and flowers can be added to salads, and used to embellish desserts and iced drinks.  Leaves can be cooked like spinach.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Viola
    Species:
    odorata
    Family:
    Violaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 4 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden