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Violets are plants, violet is also a color and sometimes a noun such as a person's name.

Then you have some plants like the popular american house plant known as the african violet or the dogtooth violet in europe which has no relation to the true violet.

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Violet as a plant
is visually seen as a 5 petaled flower in purple, white and yellow. They are often referred to as pansies.

Violet scientific classification:
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Violaceae
Genus: Viola
List of Viola species

Violets (Viola) are a genus of flowering plants in the family Violaceae, with around 400-500 species throughout the world, mainly in the temperate Northern Hemisphere but also in Hawaii, Australasia, and the Andes in South America. They are typically found in moist and slightly shaded conditions such as hedgerows.

Most violets are small perennial plants, but a few are annual plants and some are small shrubs. They typically have heart-shaped leaves, and asymmetrical flowers with four upswept or fan-shaped petals, two each side, and one broad, lobed lower petal pointing downward. The shape of the petals defines many species, for example, some violets have a "spur" on the end of each petal. Flower colours vary in the genus; many are violet as their name suggests, and some are blue, some yellow, some white, some cream; some are bicolored, often blue and yellow. Flowering is often profuse, and may last for much of the spring and summer.

One quirk of some violets is the elusive scent of their flowers; along with terpenes, a major component of the scent is a ketone compound called ionone, which temporarily desensitises the receptors in the nose; sniff all you like, you won't get any more smell from the flower.

Selected species
Viola arvensis - Field Pansy
Viola biflora - Yellow Wood Violet or Twoflower Violet
Viola canina - Heath Dog Violet
Viola hirta - Hairy Violet
Viola odorata - Sweet Violet
Viola pedunculata - Yellow Pansy
Viola riviniana - Common Dog Violet
Viola stagnina - Fen Violet
Viola tricolor - Wild Pansy or Heart's-ease
Note that Saintpaulia ("African violets") are not related to the true violets.

The genus includes the dog violets, a group of scentless species which are the most common violets in many areas, the Sweet Violet Viola odorata (named from its sweet scent), and many other species whose common name includes the word "violet". Several species are known as pansies, including the Yellow Pansy of the Pacific coasts.

The Common Blue Violet Viola sororia is the state flower of Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey.

Australia is home to a number of violets, including Viola hederacea and Viola banksii, first collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on the Cook voyage to Botany Bay.

The modern Garden Pansy (V. × wittrockiana) is a plant of complex hybrid origin involving at least three species, V. tricolor (Wild Pansy or Heart's-ease), V. altaica and V. lutea (Mountain Pansy).

Violets are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Giant Leopard Moth, Large Yellow Underwing, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Violet (musician), a singer
Violets is the name of New York University's sports teams
Violet Berlin, the presenter of the television program Game Pad
The Screaming Violets, a British rock band

In biology
Violet (plant), a plant of the genus Viola whose flower is usually of this color
African violet, a plant of the genus Saintpaulia that has a superficial resemblance to Viola

In geography
Violet, Louisiana, a city in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana

In music
Violet (musical instrument) a.k.a. Violett is in the Viol/Violin family
Violet (musical) is a Broadway musical
Violet is a song by the band Son, Ambulance
Violet is a song by the band Hole

In fiction
Violet City a fictional place in Pokémon universe

Fictional characters
Violet (comics), a character in the DC Comics series Legion of Super-Heroes. She is also known as Shrinking Violet
Violet (Peanuts), a character in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
Violet Baudelaire, a character from the highly popular A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Violet Beauregarde, a character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Violet Parr, a character in the Pixar movie, The Incredibles
Violet Song jat Shariff, a character in the 2006 film UltraViolet
Violet, a character in Tekken 4 (Whom is really Lee Chaolan)

Use in cuisine
Sweet violets when newly opened, violet flowers may be used to decorate salads or in stuffings for poultry or fish. Soufflés, cream and similar desserts can be flavoured with essence of violet flowers. The young leaves are edible raw or cooked as a somewhat bland leaf vegetable. Flowers, leaves and roots are also used for medical purposes, being rich in vitamins A and C.

A candied violet or crystallized violet is a violet flower preserved by a coating of sugar syrup. Hot syrup is poured over the fresh flower (or the flower is immersed in the syrup), and stirred until the sugar recrystallizes, and is dried. This method is still used for rose petals, was applied for orange flowers in the past (when almonds or orange peel are treated this way they are called as pralines). Candied violets are still made commercially at Toulouse, France, where they are known as violettes de Toulouse. They are used as decorating or included in aromatic desserts. They also do not smell very nice!

Medicinal use
Violet flowers are also used to make an herbal tea that is used in Chinese herbal medicine.

Other uses
A violet wand is an electrical device used in BDSM

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