Viola cornuta (horned pansy)
Viola cornuta (horned pansy) photographed near the Lac de Fabrège, Artouste (Pyrenees) (Image: Sven Landrein)
Viola cornuta L.
horned pansy, bedding pansy (English); pensée cornue (French)
Not considered to be threatened.
Montane pastures (often associated with cattle).
About this species
Viola cornuta is one of a group of species known as pansies (Viola section Melanium). Pansies differ from violets in that pansy flowers have four petals pointing upwards and only one directed downwards. The common name pansy is derived from the French pensée (meaning thought). Viola cornuta flowers have a characteristic long, thin, upward pointing nectar spur (which is from where the term 'horned' comes).