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African Violets are much loved amongst pot plant lovers, but this sketch is of some violets growing in my garden (Tarlton, South Africa), ‘viola odorata’, a delicate little violet flower on a long stem, easily picked and arranged in a small vase. And the more you pick them, the more prolific they grow.

This flower is native to Europe and Asia, but has also been introduced to other parts of the world. It is commonly known as Sweet Violet, English Violet, Common Violet, or Garden Violet. The sweet, unmistakable scent of this flower has proved popular throughout the generations, particularly in the late Victorian period, and has consequently been used in the production of many cosmetic fragrances and perfumes. The French are also known for their violet syrup, most commonly made from an extract of violets. In the United States, this French violet syrup is used to make violet scones and marshmallows.

Viola odorata is quite similar to other species of violet, but can be distinguished by the following characteristics:

  1. the flowers have a sweet scent,
  2. the flowers are normally either dark violet or white,
  3. the leaves and flowers are all in a basal rosette,
  4. the style is hooked (and does not end with a rounded appendage),
  5. the leaf-stalks have hairs which point downwards, and
  6. the plant spreads with stolons (above-ground shoots).
    This information below from Alternative Nature Online Herbal

Medicinal and edible, the flowers and leaves of viola are made into a syrup used in alternative medicine mainly for respiratory ailments associated with congestion, coughing, and sore throat. Flowers are also edible and used as food additives for instance in salad, made into jelly, and candied for decoration. Large doses of the root contain an alkaloid called violine which is emetic (causing vomiting). A decoction made from the root (dry herb) is used as a laxative. Tea made from the entire plant is used to treat digestive disorders and new research has detected the presence of a glycoside of salicylic acid (natural aspirin) which substantiates its use for centuries as a medicinal remedy for headache, body pains and as a sedative. The plants constituents are being studied and show these uses to be valid.

Eugenol, Ferulic-acid, Kaempferol, Quercetin, Scopoletin, also show promise in the treatment of many kinds of cancer, arthritis, AIDS, gum disease and more. Used externally the fresh crushed leaves reduce swelling and soothe irritations. As a bath additive the fresh crushed flowers are soothing to the skin and the aroma is very relaxing.


The Ancient Greeks considered the Violet a symbol of fertility and love, they used it in love potions. Pliny recommended that a garland of them be worn about the head to ward off headaches and dizzy spells.

RecipesSyrup: Pour 1 pint of boiling water over 1 cup packed, of fresh crushed flowers and leaves, cover and let stand for 12 hours. Strain and squeeze through cloth, add 2 lb. of sugar and boil for 1 hour or until syrupy. Store in glass jar. Give 1 tbs. -1 tsp. for children 2 or 3 times a day.Tea: Steep ¼ cup dried or fresh herb in 1 cup of water for 10 min. stain, flavor to taste. Take in ½ cup doses twice a day.

Watercolour in one of my Nature Journals, done about 12 years ago.

  1. 7th April 2011 – FEATURED in Afrikaans


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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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  • CaDra
    CaDraalmost 4 years ago

    This is very sweet Maree, nicely done

  • Aaaw, thank you Carolyn!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Sue Nichol
    Sue Nicholalmost 4 years ago

    They are very lovely and so delicately portrayed.

  • Thanks Sue. I’m glad that I could capture how delicate they are.

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    So lovely, Maree!

  • Thanks a lot Dot!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 4 years ago

    lovely violas they are so sweet and appear all over the garden Liz

  • You are so lucky Liz! I have to plant new ones, mine got a white, sticky disease, had to remove them all. Thanks a lot for the fav, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    This is so beautifullly composed. I love the words and they are so true. Beautiful work.

  • Oh Lori, thank you for your lovely words! Glad you like it and thanks for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 4 years ago

    Love violets, love this! Great quote and info also!

  • Oh it’s great you like it Angie! And thank you for the fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallalmost 4 years ago

    7 April 2011.

  • Hoe WONDERLIK Liz! Baie dankie vir die erkenning van hierdie ‘ou’ skildery van my, my Viooltjies is net so bly soos ek!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Rina Greeff
    Rina Greeffalmost 4 years ago

    ’n Bossie vreugde fyntjies geverf! Veels geluk met die erkenning!

  • Dankie baie Rina, waardeer jou besoek!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • BasantSoni
    BasantSonialmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous simplicity of colors beautifies the art ..

  • Thanks for that Basant, glad you like it!

    – Maree Clarkson

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