Information on Fen Violet

Common Name: Fen Violet
Scientific Name: Viola persicifolia
Irish Name: Sailchuach uisce
Family Group: Violaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Fen Violet could sometimes be confused with:

Violet, Marsh, Dog-violet, Early, Dog-violet, Common,

A rare member of the Violet or Violaceae family, Fen Violet is mainly found in Ireland in Counties Galway and Mayo and the Burren. It’s a perennial which grows to about 25cm. Stems are produced from spreading roots and these stems bear solitary, round-petalled, bluish-white flowers which have short, greenish spurs. It is a leafy plant which forms patches. There are no non-flowering rosettes. The spurs are shorter than or only equalling the sepal lobes. The leaves are narrow, with truncated or slightly heart-shaped bases. The stipules are undivided, narrow and pointed. The capsule contains numerous seeds. Flowering in May and June, Fen Violet is a native species which grows in the wet, grassy limestone close to turloughs such as those in the Burren and is also known as Turlough Violet. 

I found this little Violet, close to Mullaghmore in the Burren, in May 2014 when I also photographed it. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Violet, Fen
Violet, Fen

This species is classed as NEAR THREATENED in the Red Data List of Vascular Plants 2016.