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The Pansy Flower - Some Facts and Photos

Updated on December 19, 2011


Pansies are beautifully intricate flowers, that despite their "pansy" name, can sometimes be very strong under certain conditions. For instance when it freezes, they can sometimes survive a layer of thick ice over their surface for a day or so. I have had this happen in my garden, and it makes the pansy a great flower for early and late in the seasons where it can freeze in the Midwest USA and other areas as well.

They are a very romantic and thought provoking flower. One of Hallmark's all time best selling cards has a pansy on it. It is still in production, and it is because of what the pansy symbolizes in part. Sending caring thoughts to another is perfectly expressed through a pansy.

With the variety of pansies available to the home gardener now days, its very easy to brighten up one's garden space quickly. The color range is large, from deep rich colors to the lighter pastels.

Pansies and violas are in the same family, though pansies are larger in general. Evidently, there are both Winter flowering varieties, and Summer flowering types. The Winter types are perfect for potted gardens in the Winter, when many other flowers have died off. So you have a container garden or hope to start one, perhaps consider pansies at least part of the year. They do tend to like rich soil, so start them off with good rich soil. I usually use a Miracle Grow Soil mix or something like that. It isn't necessary, but is very helpful I have seen. It was a tip I got from my Great Aunt Betty, who is an avid gardener. I didn't believe much in the name brands of soils, until she showed me her success, and I am a believer now!

Below in some of the photos, you can see some ideas that others have done with pansies. I liked the curving patterns some gardeners did with the petunias. Most of the others are from my own potted garden.

One last tip that has proven very helpful for my blooming pansies, is to remove the dead or spent flowers as you see them. It allows for the plants energy to go towards making new flowers, instead of seeds.

These flowers are easy to grow and a joy to see in bloom. They have no extra special needs to be concerned about. You can see, they will attract some moths and butterflies on occasion as well, as one of my photos shows. For flower pressing, pansies are among the best flowers, as are violas. There are a number of crafts one can make from pansy flowers that are pressed and dried, as well as violas. I have seen gift bags, bookmarks, gift tags, framed flower art, as well as adorning all kinds of other things.



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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Prasetio, I am so happy that you liked the photos of the pansies and likes learning about them. I appreciate your comment and votes, thank you.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Stephanie, I agree with you in your reasons that you love pansies. They are a great flower! I love that you use them for your cake decorations too. That is such an excellent idea, and what better decoration could their be, than nature? Beautiful and edible!

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      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I had never heard about pansies Flower. Wow....they look beautiful. I'll show this hub to my father. The photos are strikingly remarkable. Thanks for writing and share with us. Up and beautiful :-)


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      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      I love that pansies are so hardy and will bloom in our area even when we have frosty nights. They make beautiful splashes of color wherever they are planted. Like some others here, I also like to use these edible flowers for my cake decorations. Enjoyed your lovely hub and great photographs!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Flourish, I am so happy you stopped by, since pansies are one of your favorite flowers. I think they are very special little flowers, with quite the character and brightness about them. Very sweet. As for the flower beds, while I did take these pictures, those are not my personal flower beds. I love what the gardener did that created the display with pansies also though. It makes for a neat idea for those of us that love pansies. Thank you for your comment.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Pansies are one of my favorite. I like what you've done with them in the flower beds with the patterns.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Kris, I love to see candied pansies and violas also. They are like little works of art on a cake or cupcakes. Its great to hear pansies are your favorite flowers. One can see why they would be a favorite flower, they are just lovely. Glad you stopped by, thank you.

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      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Pansies are by far one of my favorite flowers! I also think it's neat to see them candied and used as decorations on cakes!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Deborah, thank you so much for your visit, vote and comment. I love that these flowers make us think of our Grandmothers, how special! Glad you stopped by, and I can't wait to plant more in the Spring!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      My grandmother planted these flowers all the time.. they are so lovely.. I voted up and beautiful..

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Pamela, so great to hear from you. I am so glad to find other pansy and viola lovers out there. I think they are such fun and beautiful and intricate flowers. Taking photos of your own flowers is a great idea I think, its something I have enjoyed doing for some time. So glad you stopped by, and thanks for your kinds words. :)

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile image

      Pamela Dapples 

      6 years ago from Just Arizona Now

      This is great. I love pansies and violas. Your photos are terrific. You've given me a thought -- why do I use photos from Photobucket -- as I have in the past -- when I could take some photos this summer of them if I plan it. Thanks.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Learner, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and voting. I am sure the pansies in your garden are lovely. They have such a personality to them, don't they? Little works of art, found in nature. :) I LOVE your idea of making candles with pressed flowers from pansies, I am sure those are beautiful. So glad you stopped by.

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      Saadia A 

      6 years ago

      Another very pretty Hub.I have Pansy flowers in my garden and they look absolutely very adorable.I believe they add an extra special colorful touch to your garden and look really fabulous.In fact i have made candles with pressed flowers using the pansy flower in many...and they have been admired by everyone!!!

      Thanks for sharing!!! My vote up!!!


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