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A flower of ill omen generally. Apparently wearing this around your neck can prevent drunkenness, but be careful as it is also believed to encourage fleas to move into the home. Violets originally warned of epidemic or death. Blooming in the autumn the small dark green leaves and beautiful purple flowers require shaded moist ground that has been undisturbed for some time to flourish. Yet if they do bloom in the autumn this is said to be a death omen?