Wild Pansy - Viola tricolor

Alternative names
Heartsease
Description

Low to short plant, stems erect or ascending. Flowers purple, violet blue, yellow and white, very variable. 10 to 25 mm, the spur 3 to 5 mm.

Similar Species

Garden Pansy Viola x wittrockiana

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

Garden pansies can be very similar in colour.  The Wild Pansy is smaller (usually less than 2.5cm across) and the petals only overlap slightly.

Recording advice

A photo of the flowers is needed, plus a note of the flower width

Habitat

Rough grassland, arable and cultivated land and waste places.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History

Annual or short lived perennial.

UK Status

Infrequent now in Britain.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 13 of the 617 tetrads.

In the current Checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Scarce

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