Objet phare des musées de Grasse

The MIP's Gardens

Viola

27 May 2014 / 15h45

Viola

Viola odorata L.

Violaceae family

Violet has been grown in the region since 1755, but intensive production didn't take off until the nineteenth century. Viola odorata flowers, grown between Vence and Tourrettes-sur-Loup, are harvested in March, but no longer only interest florists ; the leaves release a green note quickly adopted by perfumers in search of original raw materials. The flower extracts were reconstituted by chemists in 1898.