Taxon  Report   8299    
Viola palustris  L.
Marsh violet
Viola palustris
© 2007 Wendell Wood
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Viola palustris
© 2015 Trent M. Draper
Viola palustris
© 2015 Trent M. Draper
Viola palustris, a dicot, is a perennial herb (rhizomatous) that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Viola palustris
© 2015 Trent M. Draper
Genus: Viola
Communities: Northern Coastal Scrub, Freshwater Wetlands, wetland-riparian

Toxicity: MINOR (SEEDS)

Arid West: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: bogs/fens, coastal

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Viola palustris ssp. brevipes
ICPN: Viola palustris var. palustris
More information about  Viola palustris
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).