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Viola verecunda - A.Gray.

Common Name
Family Violaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wet grassy places in lowlands and hills all over Japan[58]. Moist grasslands, grassy places on mountain slopes, thickets, margins of mixed forests, fields, alongside houses[266].
Range E. Asia - China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Viola verecunda


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Viola verecunda
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Summary

UPDATE 30/08/2011: This name is a synonym of Viola arcuata Blume.


Physical Characteristics

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Viola verecunda is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

V. japonica. non Langsdorf.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves
Edible Uses: Tea

Young leaves and flower buds - raw or cooked[105, 177]. A sweetish flavour[179]. When added to soup they thicken it in much the same way as okra[85, 159]. A tea can be made from the leaves[85].

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Medicinal Uses

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Poultice

The leaves are crushed and applied to cuts, swellings, ulcers and wounds[218].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

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].

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Plant Propagation

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.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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