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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Field Pansy 2009

Field Pansy (Viola Bicolor)

       This plant commonly called Wild Pansy, Field Pansy or Johnny Jump Up, is found in the eastern two thirds of the United States.
       This small, short plant, a member of the Violet family, produces one quarter inch to one half inch blue/violet flowers with a yellow to cream center, and like its relative, the garden pansy, thrives in the cool, early spring weather. Appearing in the early spring, along with the Spring Beauty, it disappears as the weather warms.
       This plant also listed as Viola Rafinesquii, has been used for medicinal proposes and was named after the German botanist, Rafinesque Schmaltz living from 1783-1840.
       Another similar species, the European Field Pansy, Viola arvensis, an import, is considered weedy or invasive.

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