Aug. 10, 2020

field pansy, Viola bicolor

Artfully out of focus? Or the results of a photographer that didn't want to get too close to the ground when he was already dressed for a day on the road? This field pansy was another target of opportunity, early in the day while the rest were back at the motel getting ready. Viola bicolor is V. kitaibeliana in my 1970 edition of Gray's Manual of Botany. That is an Old World plant. Since then botanists have decided that our plants are a separate species, and not immigrants. This is part of the pansies division of the Viola genus, which are largely Old World. White, pink or blue flowers are all common. Field pansy grows in AL, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WV, AB, BC, NT, ON, and SK (certainly not native in all of those). York Co SC, 3/15/16. Violet family, Violaceae.