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A large number of garden and ornamental varieties were developed; "pansy" refers to those multi-coloured, large-flowered cultivars. The terms "viola" and "violet" are normally reserved for the small-flowered, including the species.
The small glabrous herb bears flowers that are white, with yellow bases and sometimes streaks of purple.
The small plant bears flowers that are white, with yellow bases and sometimes streaks of purple.
A small plant of creeping habit, reaching at most 15 cm in height, with flowers purple, blue, yellow or white. It can be annual or a short-lived perennial. It is invasive, though naturalized to North America and 'souls territories.
- Extremely Common (wild growth): These plants are found across the territories.
- Dye: The flowers have also been used to make yellow, green and blue-green dyes.
- Tea and flavoring: Distinct vanilla flavor with hints of wintergreen.
- Scent: Violet is known to have a 'flirty' scent as its fragrance comes and goes.
It has been recommended, among other uses, for respiratory issues, epilepsy, asthma, skin diseases and eczema. Extracts from the plant are anti-microbial.