Water Violet or Hottonia palustris

The shore of a little lake, an illustration from the fin du siecle.
All these plants are discussed on the website:
1 Purple loosestrive,2 cattails,3 flowering rush 4 Common Mare's tale,5 waterlily,6 Watersoldier
7 Frogbite,8 waterviolier,9 arrowhead, 10 water horsetail, 11 yellow pond lily,

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The Water violet

Hottonia palustris

A waterplant rather uncommon waterplant. It flowers
at the early start of the summer with violet flowers on
a long stem. This stem stands out half a meter above the waterlevel.

Water violet can cover large area's of a ditch. During
wintertime the roots survive the cold on the bottom,
all the underwaterleaves die. If you want to keep
waterviolet in youre pond then that pond should be
deep enough

Waterviolet attracts a lot of waterlife , just like
Watersoldier and Hornwort
This is because the underleaves give shelter for fishes ,
frogfish,Newts and insects . But they also feed them
as those leaves are covered with algae (this is called
"Aufwuchs", a german term). Its normal for a waterplant
to carry more weight from "Aufwuchs" then its own weight.
Here are the frogfish from Brown frog
eating the Aufwuchs from the leaves.


Turions are buds that are produced by water herbs.
The turion will separate from theat water herb and
sink to the bottom of the pond . In the spring they
will return to the survice and start a new plant.
So turions are in fact a way of asexual or vegatative
reproduction. Only some waterherbs produce turions:
Waterviolet (Hottonia)
Waterweed (Elodea)
duck weed (Spirodela)
frogbite (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae)
Bladderwort (Utricularia)
Parrot fether (Myriophyllum)