Irish wildflowers

Marsh Violet
Viola palustris
Sailchuach chorraigh
Family: Violaceae

Flowering time: April-July. Perennial. Native.

Pale lilac flowers with darker purple veins, blunt petals. Style truncate at top. Hairless seed capsule. Long-stalked circular to kidney-shaped leaves, all basal. Creeping rhizome. Height: 8-15 cm.

Very frequent N, W, S Ireland. Wet acidic ground, marshes, bogs, woods.
Drainage reducing frequency.

Similar: Fen Violet, V. persicifolia

Photographs above: Marsh Violet. Ballingeary, Co.Cork. April 2007

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