Water violet (Hottonia palustris)
Water violet (Hottonia palustris) is an aquatic plant that can grow 10cm – 50cm tall and 50cm – 1.5m wide. In this growing guide we’ll learn the cultivation details and how to plant Water violet (Hottonia palustris).
This plant has several common names including: water violet, featherfoil, water featherfoil, water gilliflower or water milfoil.
This is a deciduous plant that takes 5-10 years to reach full maturity.
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Common name: water violet, featherfoil, water featherfoil, water gilliflower, water milfoil
Scientific name: Hottonia palustris
Plant type: Aquatic
Height: 10cm – 50cm
Spread: 50cm – 1.5m
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Moisture: Poorly drained
Garden type: Wildlife Gardens
Planting type: Low Maintenance
Whether small or large, formal or informal, every garden has space for an aquatic element. The sound and reflective qualities of water have long been used to add interest to gardens.
A pond, fountain or even a smaller water container greatly increases the variety of plants you can grow. In addition, they also encourage a wide variety of wildlife, including insects, frogs, toads and birds.
Together with plants, these elements offer a diversity of interests.
How to plant
In this section we will learn how to plant Water violet (Hottonia palustris), know its needs in terms of soil, watering and sun exposure.
Water violet (Hottonia palustris) is not a demanding plant regarding the type of soil and can grow in clay, loam or sand.
Clay soil is composed of more than 25 percent clay particles. These particles have a high moisture holding capacity and the soil is heavy to dig and can be waterlogged in winter (dry in summer).
The loam soil is dark, rich in organic matter but balanced in minerals. It offers the best of all worlds, retaining enough water for the plants, but allowing excess moisture to drain away. This is the most desired type of garden soil, perfect for most plants.
Sandy soil is light, porous and very easy to drain. It is a soil poor in organic matter and nutrients. It is composed of relatively large mineral particles that allow water to drain quickly.
It is not very sensitive to soil acidity or alkalinity and grows well in soils with pH acid, alkaline or neutral.
Regarding drainage, Hottonia palustris likes to grow in humid or poorly drained soil.
Water violet (Hottonia palustris) should be grown in full sun places.