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Viola canina - L.
                 
Common Name Dog Violet
Family Violaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Heaths, dry grasslands, dunes and fens to 420 metres[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain and temperate Asia to Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Viola canina Dog Violet


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Viola canina Dog Violet
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Physical Characteristics
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Viola canina is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Meadow;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Young leaves and flower buds - raw or cooked[105, 177]. When added to soups, they thicken them in much the same way as okra[85, 159]. A tea can be made from the leaves[85].
Medicinal Uses


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Cathartic;  Emetic.

The flowers and leaves are powerfully cathartic and emetic[4]. The plant has also had a reputation for curing skin diseases[4].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a cool moist well-drained humus-rich soil in partial or dappled shade and protection from scorching winds. Tolerates sandstone and limestone soils but becomes chlorotic if the pH is too high. Prefers a pH between 6 and 6.5[200]. All members of this genus have more or less edible leaves and flower buds, though those species with yellow flowers can cause diarrhoea if eaten in large quantities[62, 85, 159].
Propagation
Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Sow stored seed in early spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in the autumn or just after flowering. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, though we have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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