When are violets not … violet?

As some of you may have noticed, a couple of patches of unusual, apricot-coloured sweet violets have been flowering in the Wildspace. They’re growing longside the tarmac path leading past the Vexamus carpark to the river footpath, and under a clump of shrubs just at the northern edge of the carpark. This variety – known formally as Viola odorata var. sulfurea – is locally rare, with only a couple of other records in the county, according to Alan Leslie, the Botanical Society of the British Isles’ recorder for Cambridgeshire. Do let us know if you spot any more of them, or indeed any other unusual plants in the Wildspace.