Field pansy (Viola arvensis)

Collins, 156; Readers Digest,

This low flowering annual is commonly seen in the stubble fields of this area.  The small cream coloured flowers sometimes tinged with yellow or violet are very pretty and survive into winter.  It flowers from April to December and likes bare open ground.  It seems to propagate through cultivation. 

The name derives from the French word pensé, meaning ‘thought’.   The larger flowered garden pansy is a hybrid of this native species.

Seen in flower 25/12/2003 on a stubble field part of Grand Acre