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(English Violet, Sweet Violet)
Viola odorata
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Common Names: English Violet, Sweet Violet

Technical Name: Viola odorata

Color: Blue to Purple to Pale White

Striations: Variable

Form: Stemless

Seeds: Ivory

Habitat: Lawns, Fencerows, City Lots.

Peak Bloom: April - May

Similar Species: None

Description:  
Viola odorata is the classic florist's violet, which was long ago imported here from Europe. It was a popular florist's flower in the late 19th and early twentieth centuries. In the mid-twentieth century, Eleanor Rosevelt, brought it back to popularity. This species is the parent of many violet cultivars, and is still grown comercially.

Aside from its large blooms, its wonderful fragrence is a giveway to its identity. It has a hooked stigma.
 
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