Sweet Violet - Viola odorata

Scientific Name: Viola odorata

English Name: Sweet Violet

French Name: La Violette odorante

5 Key Characters:
  • the only scented violet in the area covered by this blog.
  • flower spurs the same colour as the petals.
  • flowers dark violet or white.
  • broad glossy leaves that become larger in the summer.
  • sends out rooting runners.
Lookalikes: Other Viola spp, e.g. Common Dog Violet V. riviniana, but none of them are scented.

Habitat: Hedgebanks, woods, scrub, usually on calcareous soils.

Flowering Period: March-April-May.

Status: Very common. Often a garden escapee.

More Info:

Post on Days on the Claise about Viola spp.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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