Belongs to: flowers

Compare with: common dog violet

Sweet violet Viola odorata

Also known as: garden violet, english violet

Best time to see: early Mar to mid May

Key facts

A scented violet, unlike its close relative the common dog-violet, used as a base for fragrances and perfumes

Grows on woodland margins or shady hedge banks


Low, creeping plant with heart-shaped leaves and violet or white flowers, growing from a central tuft

Roots send out runners, creating large patches

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