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Viola pedunculata (Johnny-jump-up)
Pisapia, Robert J.

Viola pedunculata

Viola pedunculata Torr. & A. Gray

Johnny-jump-up, California Golden Violet, Wild Pansy, Yellow Pansy, Grass Pansy

Violaceae (Violet Family)


USDA Symbol: VIPE3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Low, bright-green leaves appear on branched stems from a spongy rootstock after rains begin in foothill grasslands. Unusually large, yellow-orange flowers with brown-purple nectar guides on the lower petals occur on stems much exceeding the leaves in height.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr


Native Distribution: CA Coast Ranges from Sonoma & Colusa Cos., s. to Mex.
Native Habitat: Grassy slopes below 2500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.


Description: Propagate by division or seed.
Seed Treatment: No treatment necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Viola pedunculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Viola pedunculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Viola pedunculata


Record Modified: 2023-01-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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