The Sweet Violet of Romance. A species of ancient legend with medicinal properties alleged to ease the pain of snake bites and bee stings; and also promote healthy sleep.
A wonderful eye-catching edible flower. Sweet violets grow to 6-10 inches tall and spread by runners at a moderate rate. This is an perennial and flowers early in springtime . Both the flowers and leaves in fresh and dried forms have been standard fare in Europe and other areas in the world since before the 14th century. Fresh flowers are most often used for garnishing, crystallizing, making sugar and syrup. The pungent perfume adds inimitable sweetness to desserts, jellies, fruit salads and teas. Winter hardy to zone 6.