|FORM Perennial herbs and shrubs.
Species 900 in our area 52.43
Distribution temperate and tropical regions
Flowers bilaterally symmetrical of 5 unequal petals, abaxial one often spurred solitary or in racemes
#Parts 5 sepals, 5 petals, 5 stamens
Leaves simple alternate or basal stipules leafy.
Two genera in our range Viola violets and the green violet Hybanthus
|Violets were a symbol of Venus in Ancient Greece, and were the flower of love. Hippocrates recommended if for pulmonary blockages, it was believed to disolve malignant tumors. In England Crystalized violet petals are enjoyed and the French make candies from them.56|