Wild Pansy - Viola tricolor

    Alt Name

    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


    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

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map