Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Many Faces of the Mountain Pansy
Delighted to find that there were scores of mountain pansies Viola lutea still in flower beside the Pennine Way near High Force in Teesdale today, This is a plant with a long flowering season - the first I saw in bloom were open way back in April.
Mountain pansy has an amazing range of flower colours and markings. All four of these forms were flowering within a metre of each other. The pure yellow form is the most uncommon but the rarest is a pure white form that I've only seen on a couple of occasions, in Weardale.
Several of these plants were flowering around rabbit burrows in close-grazed grass, so it seems that rabbits don't eat them.