Heath Dog Violets
Violet canina - the heath dog violet - a lovely delicate tiny purple wildflowers see here in the Western Isles .
This violet is the bluiest of the three violets that grow here in the Hebrides.
This lovely delicate purple violet with lovely blue / mauve flowers is just one of the three violets to be seen here in The Western Isles.
The heath violet, actually is the least common. The flowers are usually bluer than those of the common violet and the marsh violet.
Heaths - Sand Dunes - Grassland Habitat
This violet, the heath dog violet has a whitish or yellow spur which can be seen emanating from the rear of the flower. It has pointed sepals and short spurred bracts at or below the middle of the stalk. It appears from around April to June. This small perennial member of the violet family is found on heaths, sand dunes, grassland
Leaves of the Heath Violet
The narrow, lance-shaped leaves of the heath dog-violet arise from creeping stems.The pretty, long-stalked flowers have five unequal petals that are a deep blue colour
Differences Between Marsh Violet - The Common Dog Violet and the Heath Dog Violet
The leaves of the common dog violet are more heart shaped, and the leaves of the marsh violets are long stalked circular to kidney shaped and all basal, whilst the heath dog violets are longer rather than broader and there is no basal leaf rosette
The heath dog violet, is the least common of the three violets and the flowers are usually bluer than the other species, it has a yellow or whitish spur.
The Marsh Violet has no leaves on the flower stem and is usually a really pale blue violet colour - almost white and the leaves are rounded at the ends - kidney shaped , and is common in the boggy wet areas
Flowers since 500BC
True violets have been known for centuries - indeed they have been cultivated as far back as 500BC.
Ancient Greeks used violets in medicine
The Ancient Greeks used violets in herbal medicine and as sweeteners
Symbol of Fertility
The Ancient Greeks thought violets were a symbol of fertility using then in love potions.
Old folk lore says that an infusion of violet leaves is an old gypsy remedy for cancer
She dwelt among the untrodden ways
The violet in her greenwood bower,
The summer sun that dew shall dry,
Upon the mead a violet stood,
In truth, a violet fair.
And blithely woo'd
Nature's most beauteous flower,
'Till gather'd by my love, and press'd,
One quarter of an hour!"
Alas! alas! the maid drew nigh,
Welcome, maids of honour,
You're the maiden posies;
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