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SWEET VIOLET Viola odorata         $2.00
The Sweet Violet was in cultivation before the birth of Christ, and was so highly regarded by the Greeks that it became the symbol of ancient Athens. It has, in its long history, been used medicinally, in the perfume industry, as a sweetening for food, and has always been a favorite for posy bunches. The Sweet Violet is the last scented perennial of autumn and the first one of spring. “Without the Violet,” wrote Richard Jefferies, “all the Bluebells and Cowslips would not make spring.” The Prophet, Mohammed, wrote, “As my religion, is above all others, so is the excellence of the odour of Violets above all other odours. It is warmth in winter and coolness in summer.” We offer the variety QUEEN CHARLOTTE which is the hardiest of the Sweet Violets. The seed requires freezing and lays long before it sprouts–but is, of course, worth the wait.