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'.

Distribution

East, south-east and midlands of England.

Habitat

Ponds and ditches. They survive summer drought, but not permanent drainage.

Best time to see

May-June when it flowers.

Key threats

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.