Wednesday, January 19
Violets are a very versatile plant because although they are perennials they are related to the pansy family because they are low lying. The violet has been used for thousands of years in medicines and cooking purposes. The violet has a very lovely, fragrant smell and taste. In the right conditions the violet can spread rapidly. The violet loves shade and does the best under trees.
Violets in many areas are thought of as a weed because they seem to pop up just about anywhere but if you ask around, most people will tell you that the violet is much more preferred to over weeds. The violet has small, kidney shaped, dark green leaves with small purple flowers in the center.
The violet blooms can be a range of colors such as white, purple, blue and sometimes even white. Violets can be used for a variety of reasons such as in soups, teas, candied, pies and cakes. Some restaurants will even serve the leaves in a fresh green salad which is similar to a spinach leaf and taste.
The violet although very versatile looks great indoors or out rather in the ground added to a flower bed or garden area or growing around under a tree. The violet also looks great freshly cut and placed into a centerpiece or bowl indoors. Some homes will even have potted violets growing indoors for a fresh look and a fragrant smell.
Violets can reach heights of only a mere 6-8 inches but can spread to a width of 6-8 inches wide. The violet although deep purple in color can definitely add a touch of style and flair to any home décor or landscape.
So the next time you are driving around and see a bunch of violets growing think of its many uses!