Marsh Violet - Viola palustris

    Alt Name
    Bog Violet

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Bogs and marshy places also in wet woodland.

    When to see it

    April to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    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.

    VC55 Status

    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

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