Viola odorata

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Viola odorata is commonly known as wood violet, native to Europe and Asia, but has also been introduced to North America and Australia.
It is a hardy herbaceous flowering perennial.

The species can be found near the edges of forests or in clearings; it is also a common "uninvited guest" in shaded lawns or elsewhere in gardens.

Several cultivars have been selected for garden use, of which V. odorata Wellsiana.

The sweet scent of this flower has proved popular, particularly in the late Victorian period, and has consequently been used in the production of many cosmetic fragrances and perfumes.

The French are also known for their violet syrup, most commonly made from an extract of violets. In the United States, this French violet syrup is used to make violet scones and marshmallows.

The leaves are edible and commonly used in salads. Real violet flower extract is available for culinary uses, especially in European countries, but it is expensive.

In herbal medicine, V. odorata has been used for a variety of respiratory ailments and skin disorders.

The violet flower was a favorite in ancient Greece and became the symbol of Athens. Scent suggested sex, so the violet was an emblematic flower of Aphrodite and also of her son Priapus, the deity of gardens and generation.

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