Sweet violet flower in France

Violets and pansies

Violets and pansies form a simple and adaptable group of flowering plants. Gardeners will be familiar with them as common bedding and pot plants. The common garden varieties are the result of mixing and crossing some of the most beautiful wild species, of which there are many, with colours ranging from the famed violet through various shades of blue, yellow and white. Outside the garden, wild violets and pansies grow on windy mountains, arable and waste land. The 500 or so species can be found all over the world, with some needing to be controlled as weeds.

Scientific name: Viola

Rank: Genus

Common names:

  • Heartsease,
  • Pansy,
  • Viola

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The Violets and pansies can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Himalayas, North America, Russia, South America, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web