Young leaves and flower buds - raw or cooked
. A mild flavour, though the leaves soon become quite tough[K]. The leaves make a very acceptable addition to salads[K]. When added to soup they thicken it in much the same way as okra
A tea can be made from the leaves
A good ground cover plant, fast spreading but slow to thicken up and may need weeding for the first year or so
. Plants should be spaced about 30cm apart each way
There are no material uses listed for Viola labradorica.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Viola labradorica.
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.
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Cool moist well-drained humus-rich soil in partial or dappled shade and protection from scorching winds. Succeeds in dense shade
. Tolerates sandstone and limestone soils but becomes chlorotic if the pH is too high. Prefers a pH between 6 and 6.5.
Hardy to about -25°c.
There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value.
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
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Polycultures & Guilds
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