They are popular garden plants due to their brightly colored, dainty flowers, which come in a wide range of colors including yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, and white. The flowers are typically around 1 inch in diameter and have five petals, with the lower one often featuring a distinctive dark blotch or eye.
Violas are very easy to grow and are tolerant of a range of growing conditions. They prefer cool temperatures and can often continue blooming throughout the summer and into the fall in our colder climate.
They are commonly used in flower beds, borders, and containers, and are often paired with other cool-season annuals such as snapdragons, calendula, and alyssum.
Violas are also edible and have a mild, slightly sweet flavor. The flowers can be used to add color and flavor to salads, soups, and other dishes. In addition, violas have been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including respiratory infections, skin conditions, and headaches. However, it is important to note that violas can cause allergic reactions in some people, so caution should be taken when consuming them.
Violas have a mild wintergreen flavor and can be candied to use for decorating cakes and cookies. Try freezing them in ice cubs to dress up your drinks, or eat straight from the garden for a fresh treat. They reseed easily and are just as easily plucked out of spots where you don't want them.