Fresh violet, fragrant flower especially for mothers. A violet, also known as Matthiola, manages to impress you with a single stem. First on your nose with its sweet fragrance and then on your retinas with its blaze of colours. It is not for nothing that the Chinese bombarded her as an eternal beauty!
COLOURS AND SHAPES
Violets bloom in numerous shades of colour. From white to yellow, pink to red and from violet to lavender. The leaves of the violet with their grey shades contrast beautifully with the intense colours of the flowers. The flower has a small cluster of calyx-shaped, four-petalled flowers.
The name violet is derived from a Chinese corrupted name meaning 'Eternal beauty and love' and 'I love you'. Wow, that's some symbolism to give as a gift! In the Netherlands, violet is also known as Mother's Day flower. This is because the natural flowering time of this flower usually falls around this holiday in May.
The violet can be found wild around the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. There, the fragrant beauty blooms from spring onwards.