Flowers – Violet

The violet is, along with the pansy, one of the roughly 400 species of the viola genus, a genus that is mainly to be found in moderate northern climates and that belongs to the violaceae family, to which it also gives its name.

There are 92 species of viola in Europe, one third of them in central Europe and 29 (21 violet and 8 pansy species) in Austria.

The fragrant blue violet, so often praised by poets, originates from the area from the Mediterranean to Western Asia, and has been cultivated in Austria since the early Middle Ages (as a medicinal and ornamental plant), escaping from the garden into the wild to make its home on the edges of woods and coppices.

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