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Arrowhead Mountain Violet Viola Betonicifolia Seeds
Packet of 50+ home grown native seeds!
This little native wild flower is found all throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital City, South Australia, Tasmania and all throughout Queensland right up to the Cape.
It is also found in India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Korea, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Philippines, and New Guinea with pretty much everywhere growing it as an ornamental and as a pot herb.
Sometimes known as Viola betonicæfolia, Viola longiscapa, Viola phyteumifolia, Viola caespitosa, Viola inconspicua dielsiana, Viola oblongosagittata violascens, Viola patrinii caespitosa, Viola patrinii laotiana, Viola patrinii nepaulensis or the common names arrowhead violet, showy violet, mountain violet or ji ye jin cai.
In many places the leaves are eaten as a green vegetable and the flowers are used in traditional medicine for the treatment of antipyretic, astringent, diaphoretic, anticancer and purgative effects.
Boiled up with sugar or honey and water they make a fragrant cordial that is very soothing on a sore throat.
They are generally made into a tea for symptomatic relief of asthma, cough and colds, or applied externally to the skin for boils, splinters and minor skin infections.
The roots are also used for kidney diseases, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Apparently draining the swamps in NSW for housing developments has lead to a major decline in this species which has in turn endangered several butterfly species dependent on it for both food and habitat.
Bit of a bummer, but being pretty easy to grow you can help turn that around if you want.
Just use these guys instead of the more commonly available imported flowers that dominate the garden market and big box stores.
Surface sow the seeds on a sandy soil mix and water really well.
Keep them cool and protected in partial shade to start with and after a few months they should be well established and can be planted out into the garden.
Because their three parts seed pod splits open with force ejecting the seeds they will spread around a little and fill in any bare patches you have in the garden.
Great little multipurpose plant that you really should grow I reckon!
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!