Irish wildflowers

Photographs: County Cork

Garden Pansy
Viola x wittrockiana
Family: Violaceae

Usually flowering early spring to summer, some varieties autumn-winter.
Short-lived perennials, usually grown as annuals or biennials. Garden escape.

Five-petalled flowers, more/less rounded, side petals overlapping upper and lower petals. Bi-coloured with central patterned 'faces', also a wide range of single coloured forms. Ovate to heart-shaped leaves, shallow-lobed, glossy-green.

Similar: Violas. Tufted perennials. Smaller flowers, often scented.

Popular garden bedding plants, occasionally found as garden escape or discard on roadsides, waste ground, rubbish tips.
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