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Inside Out: Week commencing Monday June 2, 2003
VICTORY FOR VIOLETS
Journey back to a time when a violet sprig was considered the height of fashion
 
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Singe violet

Under threat

It was the Second World War that provided the biggest knock to the violet trade. The flower fields of Devon were ploughed up and given over to crops to feed the country.

After the war, violets faced an even bigger foe than Hitler - the red spider mite which destroyed several species.

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