Wilde Pansies from The herball, or, Generall historie of plantes.
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Original Caption: Wilde Pansies.
So many names and just one flower! The Viola tricolor is known as heart's ease, Johnny jump up, ladies' delight, and love-in-idleness. The modern pansy was bred from the Viola tricolor, and because of this, the Viola tricolor is sometimes called the wild pansy. The Viola tricolor is a wild flower that is native to Europe and Western Asia but was introduced to the Americas by the early European settlers. The three colors can vary and the color combinations you will most likely see are white, light purple, and medium purple or yellow, white, and dark purple. The Viola tricolor is not only beautiful, but it is also edible. The petals have a refreshing taste that complements salads. If you're looking to add a little color to your diet, why not try pansies?