Violaceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar for Bumblebees and may be visited by Honeybees, but are a minor source for both. Pollinated by bees.
Flowering time: April, May, June, July, August, September.
Growing information: NATIVE ANNUAL/PERENNIAL WILDFLOWER growing to 0.2 m (0ft 6in) by 0.2 m (0ft 6in). Prefers moist, well-drained soil, dappled shade and shelter from wind. The beautiful tri-coloured flowers with exceptionally long season are edible, as are the leaves and used to garnish food.
Traditionally a herbal remedy for the treatment of skin complaints such as eczema. The herb is anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, and cardiac, amongst other things still being researched. Self-fertile.