Facts About Pansies

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Overview

The pansy is linked to its ancestor, the viola, which contains 500 species, including both pansies and violets. Pansies are a single flower with five rounded petals and a "face." They are one of the earliest blooming flowers in the spring, alongside the spring bulbs.

The Meaning of "Pansy"

The name "pansy" actually originates from the French word, pensie. Pensie is defined as "meaning thought or remembrance."

Pansies are Edible

Pansies are actually edible blooms. The flowers are high in vitamins A and C. Pansies are used to make syrup, flavored honey and salads.

Pansies' Fragrance

Pansies are known for their fragrance. The yellow and blue blooms have the strongest scent. The fragrance can be most noticed in the mornings and during dusk.

Color Patterns

Pansies have three basic color patterns. One is a single color that is yellow or blue. Another pattern is a flower that has black lines that originate from its center. The third pattern has a dark center, which is known as its face.

Where Do Pansies Grow?

In the South and Southwest, pansies are grown during the winter season. In the North, pansies grow during the summertime.

Pest-Free Flowers

Pansies are easy-to-grow flowers that can be planted as bedding plants or are started from seeds. Most of the time time they are disease and insect free.

References

  • About the Pansy
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