Flower Glossary: Violets
Latin Name: Viola of plant family violaceae
Season: Mid summer until the first frost
Meaning: Modesty and faith
Origins: Northern Hemisphere
The heart-shaped leaves and bright colors of the violet flower make it a popular choice for weddings. While there are 400-500 different species of violets, dog violets (scentless), sweet violents, and blue violets are the most commonly grown and purchased in the Western world. The hybridization of these species over the years has led to unique flowers such as the pansy, which is known for its two-tone leaves and multiple colors.
The flower originated in the Northern Hemisphere, and Ancient Greeks and Romans used it for many purposes, including medicinal and culinary. Violets were used to ward off headaches, mix with wine, or sweeten food.
While violets are often candied for wedding favors or infused into jellies and sweets, they also serve as popular venue decor. The flower is relatively frost resistant and requires little water to thrive, making it easy enough to grow in large quantities for floral bouquets or table centerpieces.
The bright purple color of the violet is only associated with certain species - others, such as the blue violet and the yellow pansy, do not match this misconception. The happiness of the color, however, makes the violet a strong symbol of love and faith.
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