The word “violet” originates from the Latin word “viola”. It leaves are shaped, and it has irregular flowers. This flower has inspired a lot of love poetry. The famous poem that goes something like “roses are red, violets are blue, such and such is this or that, and I love you,” is one of the most famous love poems of all time. Violets are blue-purplish in color, but they also come in several other colors like yellow, white, cream, and pink. There is some wildlife out there like rabbits that will entire violets.
The Greeks grew them around 400-600 BC, and they were also used in wine and herbal remedies too. Violets are often eaten in salads. Violets are also the state flowers of Illinois, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin too. Violets are used in perfumes, desserts, drinks, dyes, and medicines. They’re used for all sorts of things. Since there are hundred of cultivars of violets, people can get a lot of variety when they’re shopping for them. Even silk flower shops have a lot of variation when you’re shopping for them online at online stores.
There are between 400 and 500 species of violets in the world, and they are distributed all around the world. Some species in the genus, Viola, are perennials, annuals, and some are even tiny shrubs. Many of the species are grown in gardens as ornamental flowers.
Some species in the genius, Viola, are considered to be weeds, and they’re not desirable in gardens of North American homes. Other like wild violets, however. Violets grow well in partial or full shade, and they are not taken down by most herbicides that are commonly used to kill weeds. However, Triclypyr, a common weedkiller, has been shown to be effective against them.
Violets also have culinary uses. They ban be sprinkled on salads or used in stuffings for meats. Desserts can also be flavored with violets. The new leaves are edible in either their raw or cooked state, and they taste somewhat bland. One of the cultivars, Rebecca, has unique vanilla flavor and a little touch of wintergreen too. Not all violet species are good edible, but some of them are, and there are 400-500 species available. Violet has a distinct perfume that enhances desserts, fruit salads, and tea. Violet syrup can also be made from the extracts oof violets. French violet syrup is sometimes used to help make scones and marshmallows.
Violet also has medicinal uses too. Viola flowers are part of a Chinese herbal tea that is used in Chinese herbal medicine. The plant has a lot of effects that are seen in vitro biologically like anti-HIV, antimicrobial, and insecticidal properties too.
Violets are sometimes used as sources of scents in the perfume industry too. Violet is said to have a flirty scent because its fragrance goes in and out. There is a substance in the violets called Ionine, and it turns off the ability for humans to smell the fragrance for several moments at a time.