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Garden Pansy

Viola x wittrockiana

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Violaceae (Violet)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
(in flower all year round)
Flowers:
Most commonly violet, or violet and yellow in colour, black stripes in the centre, 5 petals.
Fruit:
Small green capsules. The seeds develop inside the capsules.
Leaves:
Scallop-shaped, alternate leaves which appear in basal clumps. Approximately 4cm long.
Maximum Size:
25cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Both the young leaves and flowers can be eaten, raw or cooked. Tea can be made from the leaves. Be careful as the yellow flowers can cause diarrhea if eaten in large amounts.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
As a garden escape, this flower has many cultivars, all with a range of scents and some without any scent at all.
Other Names:
Heart's-ease, Ladies' Delight, Stepmother's Flower.
Habitats:
Gardens, parkland, wasteland.