Information on Field Pansy

Common Name: Field Pansy
Scientific Name: Viola arvensis
Irish Name: Lus croí
Family Group: Violaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Field Pansy could sometimes be confused with:

Pansy, Sand, Pansy, Wild,

This is a small, erect and delicate of annual of arable and cultivated land, rarely growing above 15cm high.  Its five-petalled, creamy-white face has a golden-orange flush on the lower petal and the familiar pansy lines run into its throat.  The flowers, sometimes tinged with purple, are only 10-15mm across and are solitary. They bloom from April to October. The sepals are at least as long as the petals.  The leaves are oval, deeply toothed but not heart-shaped. This plant is a native plant and belongs to the family Violaceae.  

I first identified this little flower growing near Ballitore, Co Kildare in 2002 and photographed it there at that time. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Pansy, Field
Pansy, Field

'There's rosemary, that's for remembrance;
pray, love, remember: and there is pansies,
that's for thoughts'.

William Shakespeare   (1564-1616) 

The name ' Pansy' is believed to come from the French for 'thought' – 'Pensée