Name: Dog Violet

Description: Dog violet is common and widespread across the UK. Find them in woods, heaths, hedgerows and grasslands. They are in flower from April to June. Common dog violet provides a source of food for rare butterflies, including the silver-washed fritillary, the high brown fritillary and the dark green fritillary. Some also use the plant as a host for their eggs. Ancient Greeks thought of violets as symbols of fertility and romance. Violets were used by the Ancient Greeks in herbal medicine and were said to help cure skin diseases. Scented varieties have been used in perfume for centuries.

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