Water-violet Hottonia palustris
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A delightful aquatic plant that produces spikes of delicate lilac blossom.
Despite its name it is not actually a violet but rather one of the primrose family - in fact, if you look close you can see the flowers have a similar yellow 'eye'.
East, south-east and midlands of England.
Ponds and ditches. They survive summer drought, but not permanent drainage.
Best time to see
May-June when it flowers.
This wildflower can survive summer drought, but not permanent drainage.
Did you know...
Water violets provide a fantastic shelter for all kinds of aquatic wildlife: from dragonfly nymphs and water beetles to tadpoles.
County flower of Huntingdonshire.