loshad1's picture

Fen violets flowering in Nov?

Observed: 19th November 2011 By: loshad1loshad1’s reputation in Plants
 Fen violets flowering in Nov?

Heart shaped leaves, with distinctive violet smell from violet flowers tinged with white.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Dog-violet (Viola riviniana) interacts


jw68's picture

If this is a fen violet its

If this is a fen violet its an amazing find as they are supposed to be the rarest native violet and only found on 3 sites in the south east.It is also a protected species.

loshad1's picture

Fen violets?

I think you maybe right. It was the heart shaped leaves which set me off on the wrong track, the field guide I was using showed photos of Dog violet with much paler flowers. Just goes to show what an excellent resource this site is. Luckily I have pressed some flowers from this plant, so will have another look,in more depth. Incidentally, if anyone has tips on pressing flowers,it would be appreciated.

Beagle's picture

Botanical Hotspot

According to my Guide book, the Fen Violet has rounded bluish white petals (not lilac) and the spur is short and greenish (not lilac)flowering May-June. It grows only in a few East Anglian fens, and locally and in W. Ireland too. Regards


Misselbrook89's picture

The Great Fen Project

This is a really great find as there is an effort to try to re-introduce this into more suitable habitats by "The Great Fen Project" in Cambridgeshire. It is being done in 3,700 hector wet land