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Common Name: Water Violet
Hottonia palustris is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.90 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
North and central Europe, including Britain, south to northern Italy, east to Siberia.
Ponds and ditches[
A vigorous water plant, either rooting in the mud a few centimetres below water level, or floating in the water[
Plants overwinter by means of winter resting buds which sink to the bottom of the pond until the following spring[
Plants are useful oxygenators of the water[
The flowers have a delicate mossy scent rather like the primrose or the fading perfume of the violet[
Young leaves - cooked[
Seed - sow spring in pots of soil standing in water and only just cover the seed[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division or cuttings in the spring. Just throw them into the water or place them into the submerged marginal mud[