Introduced From: Europe, Africa, western Asia, and/or the Middle East (depending on the species). Also some native species.
Habitat: Widely cultivated in gardens and sometimes found in the wild
Uses: Flowers are edible and are meant to taste really good. Leaves are also edible. The leaves are also medicinal and have been used for coughs, sore throats, and constipation.
References: Richardson and Shepherd, The American Violet Society, Wikipedia
Rubus fruticosus, Blackberry bramble, is one of the worst and most invasive introduced weeds (arguably, the worst — in 1925 it was officially declared New Zealand's worst weed) . Blackberry brambles have sharp thorns which can inflict nasty scratches if you are not very careful with these plants. They grow really fast.
WARNING: African violets are NOT viola and are NOT considered edible.
Photo: Viola odorata, Sweet Violet. Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. High resolution (2410 x 1849).
Photo: Viola odorata, Sweet Violet. Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NSW. High resolution (1600 x 1200).
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