Garden Pansy - Viola lutea x tricolor x altaica = V. x wittrockiana

    Alternative names
    Viola x wittrockiana

    The Garden Pansy often escapes beyond the garden fence and persists for a while. It may become smaller flowered than the normal Garden form, and may have the same variable range of colours. Not to be confused with the true Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor).

    Similar Species

    Viola tricolor

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    It can have similar colouring to wild pansy, but petals are usually strongly overlapping and they are larger (usually more than 3.5mm across).  

    Recording advice

    Photo of flowers


    Usually in bare places or short turf close to habitation.

    When to see it

    April to October.

    Life History

    Annual or short lived perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain as an escape from cultivation.

    VC55 Status

    Probably fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland as an escape from cultivation, but hardly ever recorded in the past. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    It is listed as Alien (casual) in the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011)

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