Hottonia palustris

Water violet

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photo by Jonathan Buckley, copyright GAP Photos (42420)

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An aquatic perennial with a spreading habit that is a good oxygenator. Its feathery green foliage is carried above the water level, with erect stems carrying the pretty, pinkish white primrose-like flowers with yellow throats in May and June. Allow between 10-60cm of water above the soil level. Although the plant spreads well it can be difficult to establish in a new pool.

Family: Primulaceae

Genus: Hottonia

Species: palustris

Plant type: Marginal

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 20cm

Spread: 100cm

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