The garden pansy is a type of large-flowered hybrid plant cultivated as a garden flower .  It is derived by hybridization from several species in the section Melanium ("the pansies")  of the genus Viola , particularly Viola tricolor , a wildflower of Europe and western Asia known as heartsease. Some of these hybrids are referred to as Viola × wittrockiana Gams ex Nauenb. & Buttler. For simplicity, the older name Viola tricolor var. hortensis is often used.