'Dog'Violets abound in our garden at this time of the year

‘Dog’Violets abound in our garden at this time of the year

If you see a violet in the wild, it is most likely to be the Common Dog-violet; this common and widespread plant lives happily in many different habitats including woodland, grassland, heaths, hedgerows and old pasture. It flowers from April to June but its flowers are not scented, unlike those of its cousin, the Sweet Violet. The latter was used in Ancient Greece as a perfume and Medieval Britain as a deodorant.

The purple flowers of the Common Dog-violet resemble those of pansies. It has heart-shaped leaves.

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