Marsh Violet - Viola palustris
Also known as Bog Violet, it is a low growing plant with creeping underground rhizome. It has blunt, kidney-shaped leaves and a small pale violet blue flower with darker veins and with a blunt pale lilac spur.
The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification
Bogs and marshy places also in wet woodland.
April to July.
It has a split distribution, being widespread in the northern half of Britain and in Wales, but uncommon in the east of England and in some parts of central Britain.
Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 9 of the 617 tetrads.
In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Scarce (c. 25 localities).
It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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