Belongs to: primrose family

Water violet Hottonia palustris


Best time to see: mid May to mid Jul

Key facts

A beautiful aquatic plant of shallow ponds and ditches, with erect spikes of pale lilac flowers with a yellow eye

Pale green ferny leaves grow under the water surface

Confined to eastern England and now quite scarce

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Photo © Tony Gunton

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