European field pansy

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Viola arvensis Murray

Common name(s): European field pansy, European field violet, field pansy, field violet, wild pansy

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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-Leaves are

  • simple
  • basal
  • palmately lobed

-flowers are

  • white or light yellow with some blue


-disturbed areas

-open fields

Natural History:

-native to Europe, Siberia, and north Africa



University of California. “Viola Arvensis.” The Jepson Herbarium, 2021,