Marsh Violet

Viola palustris

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The Marsh Violet is a relative of the well-known pansy and likes damp and acidic places such as wet woodlands, bogs and marshes. For gardeners, it makes a good addition to the edge of a pond or a bog garden.

How to identify

Flat, green and heavily veined, the kidney-shaped leaves of the Marsh Violet grow out from the base of the plant. Pale lilac flowers that resemble washed-out pansies hang on tall stalks that sprout from the centre of the plant.

Where to find it

Widespread in the north and west, local in the south and east, and very rare in central England.


When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July

How can people help

Human activity, including the drainage of land for agriculture, the loss of ponds through development and the removal of wet woods, has resulted in the disappearance of many of the UK's wetlands. The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with planners, developers and farmers to ensure our wetlands are protected. You can help by becoming a member of your local Trust; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Marsh Violet
Latin name
Viola palustris
Height: up to 10cm
Conservation status