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Flowers That Look Like Pansies

By K.C. Morgan ; Updated July 21, 2017
Pansy garden in bloom
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Small pansies are early bloomers that flower in a wide variety of colors. Easy to grow and vibrant, pansies are a simple addition to any garden. They're a popular choice among gardeners, but they have an extremely strong scent and don't bloom year-round. Add more color to your garden with flowers that look like pansies and get the look you want during other parts of the year.


Brightly-colored viola in bloom
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Violas, like pansies, are part of the violet family. Viola blossoms are slightly larger than pansy blooms and have higher resistance to temperature changes. Violas come in a dazzling array of colors, some blooms growing in tri-color patterns. Violas are capable of flowering into the fall and have such high resistance to cold that they're a good choice for northern regions. Southern gardeners will find that violas bloom continuously in winter and spring.

Viola flowers cannot survive in strong summer heat (90 degrees Fahrenheit and higher), so plant the bulbs in early spring or fall. Viola soil should be well-drained, evenly moist and in partial shade to protect them from the worst of the sun's heat. Violas bloom 12 to 14 weeks after planting.


Pink and purple impatiens
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Impatiens are treated like annuals even though they are actually perennials. The small, colorful blooms are easy to grow and simple to maintain. Plant impatiens, which look like pansies in blossom structure and size, in a partially-shaded spot. Impatiens will wither in face of too much sunlight. The flowers also need to stay moist, so check the soil around impatiens often. Impatiens bloom in shades of white, pink, orange and red, with some bicolor patterns available.

New Guinea impatiens have higher sun tolerance than other varieties of the flower, but they will not last long in full sunlight. Impatiens bloom well into the fall, though frost will destroy the tender flowers. Impatiens are edible, but they are not well-known as a popular choice for food usage.

Miltoniopsis Orchids

Pink Miltoniopsis orchids in full bloom
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Miltoniopsis orchids are nicknamed "pansy orchid" because of their resemblance to pansies. Sometimes, Miltoniopsis orchids are incorrectly called Miltonia due to the similarity in the names. Miltoniopsis blossoms requite little light and may be grown under artificial light. The leaves of the plant will turn light green when Miltoniopsis orchids are receiving enough light.

Like pansies, Miltoniopsis orchids need to stay moist to stay healthy. Daily watering may be necessary in order for the plant to thrive during warm weather. Unlike other flowers that look like pansies, Miltoniopsis orchids grow well in warm weather (80 to 85 degrees F), and some varieties will thrive even in hot temperatures (90 degrees F and above).


About the Author


K. C. Morgan is a professional freelance writer, with articles and blog posts appearing on dozens of sites. During her years of writing professionally, K. C. has covered a wide range of topics. She has interviewed experts in several fields, including celebrated psychoanalyst Frances Cohen Praver, PhD; television personality and psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig; and entrepreneur Todd Reed.