Annual or short-lived perennial herbs with long leafy stems. Leaves ovate to lanceolate, round-toothed. Stipules large, deeply dissected at the base. Flowers about 2 cm wide, variously coloured white, yellow, red, purplish-red, violet and multicoloured.
One of the parents of the larger-flowered common garden pansy. Several colour cultivars are available.
Source: (1997). Violaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.