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Garden Pansy, Viola x wittrockiana
Photographs: Co. Cork

Garden Pansy
Viola x wittrockiana
Family: Violaceae

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

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

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

Similar: Violas. Tufted perennials with smaller, often scented, flowers

Garden Pansy, Viola x wittrockiana
Garden Pansy, Viola x wittrockiana

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