Viola odorata is commonly known as wood violet, sweet violet, English violet, common violet, florist's violet, or garden violet. V. odorata is native to Europe and Asia. It is a hardy herbaceous flowering perennial.
The Viola odorata is often chosen for its lovely fragrance, which is referenced in the name. “Odorata” means fragrant. The fragrant violet commonly called the “sweet violet,” goes by many other names, including English violet, Common violet, Garden violet, and Wood violet. This colorful perennial plant belongs to the violet family (Violaceae) of plants and is native to Europe and Asia. Since its introduction, into North America and Australia, it is commonly seen growing in gardens. The sweet violet is a hardy plant that mostly grows as ground cover. It can reach two to eight inches in height, depending on the growing conditions.