Young leaves and flower buds - raw, cooked or used as a garnish
. A stronger flavour than most other members of this genus
. When added to soup they thicken it in much the same way as okra
. Some caution is advised if the plant has yellow flowers since these can cause diarrhoea if eaten in large quantities
A tea can be made from the leaves
There are no material uses listed for Viola x wittrockiana.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Viola x wittrockiana.
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. This species is a hybrid, so might not breed true from seed.
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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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
A hybrid species of garden origin, there are many named forms selected for their ornamental value. There is at least one cultivar selected for its edible qualities.
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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Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
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