Herb latin name: Viola pinnata
Family: Violaceae (Violet Family)
Medicinal use of Viola pinnata:Anodyne, antiseptic, blood tonic.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Rocks, screes and grassland, mostly between 1000 and 2000 metres.
Edible parts of Viola pinnata:Young leaves and flower buds - raw or cooked. When added to soup they thicken it in much the same way as okra. A tea can be made from the leaves.
Propagation of the herb: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.
Cultivation of Viola pinnata:Rocks, screes and grassland, mostly between 1000 and 2000 metres.
Known hazards of Viola pinnata:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.