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