Spring flowers: Viola, pansy, common blue violet

Viola or Johnny Jump-up

I spotted this flower getting ready to mow the front yard Sunday afternoon. It is a re-seeded viola from last year’s flowers. I did not know they would do that, but apparently, they can re-seed themselves. They are sometimes called a Johnny Jump-up due to their propensity to appear in the lawn. The viola has 2 petals up and 3 down, which distinguishes it from a pansy with 4 up and 1 down. I carefully mowed around it. Whilst also carefully mowing around it, I discovered yet another surprise. Under the magnolia tree, there is a large patch of tiny blue flowers that have never appeared before.

These are Viola sororia, or common blue violet. They are also in two other sections of the yard. I mowed around this large patch near the magnolia, because (1) I like looking at them, and (2) the butterflies and bees are now out and they serve a useful purpose in the eco system.

Violas and Pansies?

These may be a mix of both viola and pansy, as several seem to have 3 petals down, and others only 1 petal down. They are both members of the viola family, so while all pansies are violas, all violas are not pansies.

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6 Responses to Spring flowers: Viola, pansy, common blue violet

  1. peggy says:

    I have these in various places in my yard. These beauties will pop up every year.

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  2. Katie says:

    So lovely!

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  3. janebye says:

    Pretty, pretty! I’ve been walking again and my walks are more interesting now that the various plants and trees and flowers are blooming along the way.

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