Dog Violet (Viola canina)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Dog Violet
Viola canina

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The flowers and leaves are powerfully cathartic and emetic[4]. The plant has also had a reputation for curing skin diseases[4].

  • Edible Use

    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].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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].
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain and temperate Asia to Japan.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.