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Plant Details

Viola bicolor

Wild Pansy, Field Pansy

Scientific Name:

Viola bicolor

Genus:

Viola

Species Epithet:

bicolor

Common Name:

Wild Pansy, Field Pansy

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Violaceae (Violet Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Blue

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pastures, roadsides, lawns, other disturbed habitats, less commonly in dry rocky woodlands and barrens. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Suitable for butterfly gardens when used as a border and contained. However, they can spread aggressively and best for meadows or large areas.

Field of Wild Pansies in early spring

Wild Pansies are early blooming winter annuals often growing by roadsides and in fields.

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Charley Winterbauer, early March, 2014, Pender Co

Flowers

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Charley Winterbauer, March 2014, Pender Co

Close-up of flowers

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Charley Winterbauer, Early March 2014, Pender Co

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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