Sweet violet

Sweet violet has scented small blue or white blooms and is one of the few edible flowers available in winter and early spring.
Growing calendar
Sow outdoors Sep - Oct
Plant out/transplant May - Jun
Harvest Feb - Apr

How to grow sweet violet

Sow sweet violet seed on the soil surface in pots in autumn, they will germinate in spring.

Transplant when growing strongly to 15cm apart.

Sweet violets thrive in a moderately heavy rich soil in a semi-shaded spot. If grown in containers they succeed well but need to be placed in a cool position throughout the summer and must not be given heat during the winter.

Flowers turn to face the sun!

Harvesting and using sweet violet

They have a delicate flavour, used to add taste and colour in confectionery, as a thickener in soup and stews and make a tasty, interesting garnish for salads, fruit salads and desserts. Avoid eating to excess as they may have a laxative effect.

Tips for growing sweet violet

  • Remove growing tips to encourage bushiness and cut back stems in autumn.
  • They can be grown outdoors for years, divide and replant old clumps in autumn for more sweet violet plants.
Growing notes
Difficulty Easy
Germination time Overwinter
Average time to harvest From 12 months
Equipment needed None
Average plant size 15cm tall, 30cm wide
Family group to grow with Miscellaneous
Seed saving notes Perennial, can cross-pollinate
Key nutritional content Low calorie complement