Violet

viola odorata / Perennial

Sweet violets have a wonderful fragrance and provide pretty purple, pink, or white flowers to the Southern shade garden. The heart-shaped leaves are edible, and tasty when cooked like spinach. They can also be used with the flowers in salads. Candied or crystallized flowers are also a popular dessert decoration. Violets are small plants, never mounding more than 12″ or so. They tend to creep and crawl through your garden, providing lovely accents in shady, moist soil.