Wild Pansy

Biological Name:

Viola spp. (Wild-Pansy)

Natural Habitat:

Wild-Pansy is a flowering plant that is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It can grow in meadows, forests, and along the edges of fields.


Wild-Pansy is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and Asia. It has showy purple blue or white flowers and lobed leaves. It is often found in moist shaded areas and is used in traditional medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is wild pansy poisonous?
A: Can you eat pansies? You sure can. In fact, unlike with many edible flowers, you don’t even need to be careful to stop at the petals. The stamen, pistil, and sepals (those little leaves directly under the flower) are all edible too.

Q: Are pansy toxic to dogs?
A: Pansies. Lively and sweet, these wonderful flowers are not only non-toxic for dogs, they’re apparently also tasty. Pansies come in a rainbow of colors including blue, white, yellow, red, orange, and purple, so there’s something to please everyone.

Q: Are wild pansies perennials?
A: Are pansies an annual or a perennial? Pansies are short-lived perennials. Have you ever planted a six-pack or two for some spring color and noticed later in the season that they’ve disappeared? I already mentioned that they love cool weather, but they don’t do well in the heat.

Q: Do pansies grow back every year?
A: Yes, pansies do grow back every year. They are perennial flowers, which means they come back year after year. The best way to ensure they come back is by planting them in the ground in the fall.

Q: Should pansies be cut back?
A: Mid-summer is a good time to trim Pansies as the plants may become overgrown. Cut back flowers as they start to fade to encourage more blooms. This process is known as deadheading and will keep the plant continuously blooming throughout the growing season. You can pinch back new growth at the ends of the stems.

Q: Do pansies live forever?
A: Although they are almost always grown as annuals, pansies are short-lived biennials. In some regions, they can be allowed to flower in spring, left in the ground to ‘rest’ over summer until autumn, when they can be brought into flower once more.

Q: Where do wild pansies grow?
A: Sometimes called the wild pansy, this tiny herbaceous annual, biennial, or short-lived perennial wildflower was introduced to North America from Europe. It is found in lichen-dominated or meadow-like rocky outcrops, dry and sloping meadows, banks, fields, gardens, wastelands, sand fields, as well as seaside beaches.

Q: How big do wild pansy plants get?
A: Pansies like full or partial sun, but need cooler temperatures to thrive. The ideal planting site will get morning sun but avoid the heat of the late afternoon. Space the plants about 7 to 12 inches apart. They will spread about 9 to 12 inches and grow to be about 6 to 9 inches tall.

Q: How do you take care of wild pansies?
A: Water pansies regularly through the growing season, but allow soil to dry slightly between waterings. The drier soil conditions also help pansies harden off and tolerate cold. Protecting: During flowering season, organic mulch protects soil moisture and discourages weeds.

Q: What are wild pansies called?
A: The wild pansy, which is more commonly known as heartsease and flowers from May to August, also displays a variety of colours: it mixes yellow, blue, purple and white into the wide range of hues that give meadows such vibrancy.

Q: What is wild pansy used for?
A: Wild pansy has dermatological properties. Its use is particularly recognized in the case of seborrhoeic skin disorders. Numerous studies have been carried out on its action in skin pathologies such as pimple eruptions, acne and irritations. Wild pansy is also used in cases of psoriasis and vulval itching.

Q: Can you eat a wild pansy?
A: Pansy – The flower petals of the familiar garden pansy (Viola x wittrockiana) are edible and highly decorative. The petals have little flavour, but the whole flower can also be used. It has a grassy, wintergreen undertone that works well in fruit salad.

Q: Can you eat wild pansies?
A: That’s right – pansy flowers are edible blooms you can pick and eat as garnishes or salad components. They have a mild floral flavor and a velvety texture that will tickle your taste buds and intrigue your tongue.

Q: Are wild pansies poisonous to dogs?
A: Pansies are considered nontoxic to pets and bring a gorgeous fall color to your yard. They are great to have around and can even live through a little frost.

Q: Do wild pansies spread?
A: Colony-forming, Field Pansy is well-suited to prairies and meadows, banks, or wild gardens where it can spread by self-seeding and creeping roots. Growing up to 2-6 in. tall (5-15 cm), this Violet will spread by self-seeding and creeping roots.

Q: Are wild pansies weeds?
A: Field pansy is a native annual plant in the violet family found throughout most of North America. It is a winter annual weed that forms colonies. This plant attracts wildlife and is an early spring nectar source for bees.

Q: Can you eat pansies raw?
A: Everyone knows pansies, but lesser known is that they are edible. Yellow, white and purple blooms all have a slightly grassy flavor. Purple pansies are as delicious as they are beautiful. USES: Pansies are most commonly used to add color and interest to green salads and fruit salads.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.