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Viola cornuta (horned pansy)

A popular bedding plant with a light fragrance, horned pansy is native to the Pyrenees.
Pale purple flower of horned pansy

Viola cornuta (horned pansy) photographed near the Lac de Fabrège, Artouste (Pyrenees) (Image: Sven Landrein)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Viola cornuta L.

Common name: 

horned pansy, bedding pansy (English); pensée cornue (French)

Conservation status: 

Not considered to be threatened.

Habitat: 

Montane pastures (often associated with cattle).

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Malpighiales
Family: 
Violaceae
Genus: Viola

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).

Genus: 
Viola

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