Herb: Dwarf Marsh Violet

Latin name: Viola epipsela

Family: Violaceae (Violet Family)

Edible parts of Dwarf Marsh Violet:

Young leaves and flower buds - raw or cooked. When added to soup they thicken it in much the same way as okra. Flowers - raw. A tea can be made from the leaves.

Description of the plant:


13 cm
(5 inches)

Habitat of the herb:

Cool swampy places.

Other uses of Dwarf Marsh Violet:

The dried root has been used as an incense.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Sow stored seed in early spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in the autumn or just after flowering. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, though we have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.

Cultivation of Dwarf Marsh Violet:

Cool swampy places.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Viola epipsela:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.