PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME:

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Viola sororia / Violaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  common meadow violet, purple violet, the lesbian flower, woolly blue violet, hooded violet, and wood violet

CONDITIONS: partial shade, moist soil

 

PARTS:

EDIBLE cid:image001.jpg@01D3EC3E.A305A520

TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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mild

RAW/COOK

Spring/Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

mild

RAW

Spring/Summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Musilagenous – When added to soup they thicken it in much the same way as Okra. The leaves are rich in vitamins A and C. Flowers - raw. A mild flavour, they are an excellent attractive garnish for salads. Rich in vitamin C. The flowers can also be made into jams, jellies etc. A tea can be made from the leaves or from the flowers.

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-212/sweet-violet. Also: “Analgesic;  Poultice. A poultice of the leaves has been used to allay the pain of a headache. An infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of dysentery, coughs and colds. A poultice of the crushed root has been applied to boils.”(1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

·        Garlic Mustard - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliaria_petiolata

·        Lesser celandine - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficaria_verna

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Incense. An infusion of the root has been used to soak corn seeds before planting in order to keep off insects.(1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Viola+sororia
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/viola-affinis-floridas-sweet-violet-2
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_(plant) all species
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viola_sororia
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/violet.html (good photos)
  5. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/wild-violet.aspx  (good photos)
  6. https://plighttofreedom.com/pale-violet
  7. https://chestnutherbs.com/violets-edible-and-medicinal-uses/