Pansies, wild

Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 16.03.2023

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Free-swort weed; Trinity Herb; viola tricolores

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The wild pansy is a member of the violet family (synonym: Violaceae) and is native to Central Europe, both in the lowlands and in the mountains.
The annual plant grows to a height of about 20 cm and has heart-shaped, slightly notched leaves with long stems.
The flowers, which are symmetrical towards the centre, are mostly yellowish or violet in colour. They are characterised by 2 large upper flowers and 3 lower flowers, of which the middle petal is usually the largest. Flowering time is May to October.

Phytotherapeutically used are the leaves, stems and flowers Violae herba cum flore

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Viola tricolor is the parent plant of the medically used "Violae herba cum flore", monographed by the Commission E, the wild pansy with flowers.

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  2. Wenigmann M.(2017) Phytotherapy medicinal drugs phytopharmaceuticals application. Urban & Fischer: 5.109 wild pansy (Viola [tricoloris] herba cum flore) pp 199-220.

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