WILD PANSY

Viola tricolor

Violet Family [Violaceae]

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SAND PANSY


Viola tricolor ssp. curtsii

1st June 2010, Sandscale Haws, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The ssp. curtsii usually has all-yellow flowers, but somewhat confusingly other combinations can also occur such as those with two white petals at the top and the rest yellow, or even mostly pale-blue but the lowest petal fading in to shades of white. Flower usually less than 20mm long top to bottom (that of the similar ssp. tricolor is slightly longer at between 15-25mm).


1st June 2010, Sandscale Haws, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
This sub-species is common on the North and West coasts growing on sand dunes and in grassland. Unlike the sub-species ssp. tricolor it is perennial (rather than annual).


1st June 2010, Sandscale Haws, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Terminal lobes of sepals broader than side lobes.


WILD PANSY


Viola tricolor ssp. tricolor
1st June 2010, Sandscale Haws, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Not easy to identify, your Author is not 100% certain that these photos are of Wild Pansy, but they are growing on sand-dunes in the north-west.


1st June 2010, Sandscale Haws, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Growing in sandy soil close to the sea but not within the tidal zone. It is an annual arable weed favouring light and sandy soils that have more organic matter than do sand-dunes.


1st June 2010, Sandscale Haws, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD


1st June 2010, Sandscale Haws, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
It seems that the blue coloration is only skin deep.


1st June 2010, Sandscale Haws, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD


31st May 2007, Foxfield, Cumbria Photo: © RWD


31st May 2007, Foxfield, Cumbria Photo: © RWD


31st May 2007, Foxfield, Cumbria Photo: © RWD
The sepals can have strange hints of turquoise in them (upper right two flowers)


5th Aug 2009, Lytham St. Annes, Lancs. Photo: © RWD


Hybridises with : File Pansy (Viola arvensis) to produce Viola × contempta which is very similar.


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WILD PANSY

Viola tricolor

Violet Family [Violaceae]