Native violets make for an attractive ground cover or border plant. They come in vibrant purple or purple and white flowers, with lovely dark green leaves. They can grow up to 10cm tall, but usually sit close to the ground.

You can plant seeds or seedlings, and they divide readily and transplant well. You can grow them in pots or in the garden.

Plant in a cool, shady position, and water regularly. Be careful fertilising them. This is a ‘creeping’ plant, and will creep into every available space if allowed.

They have a lovely sweet scent, can be picked for a vase, eaten in a salad, and dried and pressed if you desire.