Field Pansy - Viola arvensis

    Description

    Short, hairy plant, usually with erect stems. Leaves oblong, usually broadest above the middle, bluntly toothed. Flowers cream or pale yellow with cream upper petals; rarely has any blue or violet. Small 10 to 15 mm, spur short.

    Similar Species

    Some colour versions of Viola tricolor may be similar, but usually have some blue markings 

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Common weed of arable and disturbed land.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in England and Wales, becoming scarcer in the north and north-west, and also in Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 361 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current Checklist, it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte); occasional

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map