Pansies belong to the Viola family and have 500 species. Its name comes from the French word pensee which translates to thought or remembrance. In the language of flowers, pansies symbolize thoughts of lovers. They were also often used in love potions especially during the 19th century when these flowers were most popular.
Pansies are one of the oldest flowers cultivated and are often used in medicine, creating dyes and making food. Their fragrance also means they’re often used in potpourri. They have a delicate scent which are most evident during the early morning and dusk. The yellow and blue pansies are the most fragrant.
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Alba Minor Pansy
All-white in color, this beautiful pansy withstands both heat and cold better than a lot of other flowers do.
Black Accord Pansy
Deep-black in color, these pansies have a bright yellow center and give any garden an elegant look. If you want a contrasting garden, plant them with flowers that are chartreuse in color, or alongside yellow or white pansies.
Blue Mood Pansy
This type of pansy is white with purple markings and has a beautiful yellow-gold center. Also known as the Cool Wave Violet Wing, their colors can intensify your fall garden like few other flowers can. They can grow up to eight inches high and 30 inches wide, so they are quite noticeable.
Bowles Black Pansy
A deep purple color and with bright yellow centers, this type of pansy looks great in containers and creeping off rocks as an accent.
Chalon Supreme Pansy
This pansy has ruffled petals in deep purple with white trim around them and yellow centers. They are romantic-looking and perfect for cottage gardens. Although they grow just like other pansies, sometimes only the larger nurseries have them available.
Cool Wave Blueberry Swirl Pansy
The petals on this type of pansy are white with lavender trim or solid yellow in color, and they can tolerate cold weather well. They are delicate-looking and bounce back in the winter even in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. If you fertilize them every two weeks, they are especially productive and will produce massive amounts of blooms.
Cool Wave Morpho Pansy
Lilac and gold petals create a very eye-catching look, and these flowers look great in containers or hanging baskets, in part because they handle cold weather well and because of the number of blossoms that are included on each stem.
Cool Wave White Pansy
A cold-tolerant flower, it boasts a pure white color and looks great in hanging baskets, particularly if you pair them with a bright red flower. They are perfect for winter holiday blooming baskets.
Delta Marina Pansy
A sturdy flower that remains upright on its stems, many descriptions claim they are blue, but they are really a purplish-lavender, and they have striking dark centers. Even after spring rains, the petals stay upright and remain eye-catching, never drooping into the soil just because of a hard rain.
Delta Rose Surprise Pansy
With just one six-pack of plants, you get a mixture of pansies in colors such as creamy yellow, white, purple, and rose with picotee edging that looks great with the deep violet blotches in the center.
Dynamite Blotch Pansy
A striking plant, it has petals of black trimmed with a wide blotch of bright orange-red and yellow centers. It is striking and eye-catching, and it can grow well into the winter in certain parts of the West.
A type of pansy, despite its name, this flower is white and yellow and has a beautiful lavender trim. It blooms from spring to fall and looks great alongside other perennials.
Freefall Purple Wing Pansy
These pansies are bright yellow and have deep purple stripes, and because they are sturdy, they grow almost all year long in coastal climates and from spring to summer in other areas.
Frosted Chocolate Pansy
These pansies have petals that are caramel in color with yellow markings towards the center and a very subtle white trim. They grow up to five feet tall and are, in fact, edible.
Inspire Deluxxe Mulberry Mix
With petals that are more than three inches wide, their colors include burgundy with black centers, purple with black centers, and white with purple centers. They are perfect for hanging baskets and containers.
Inspire Plus Mardi Gras Mix
Perfect for hanging baskets or large containers, these pansies have large blooms of purple or gold, and their “faces” stand out and make you notice them every time.
Jolly Joker Pansy
With bright orange petals or bright purple petals, these bright, cheery flowers have won several international flower awards and are a favorite among pansy-lovers.
Matrix Solar Flare Pansy
This pansy is bright orange and yellow with markings of dark brown in the petals. They were created to withstand warmer temperatures so they never flop, sag, or bolt if it is warm outside.
Molly Sanderson Pansy
Deep black in color with white and purple centers, they originated from the U.K. and thrive in partial shade. They also do well as a perennial, as long as you protect them from frost.
Nature Orange Pansy
You can brighten up any rainy day with these beautiful pansies, which have petals of bright orange with yellow centers. They look best when planted at eye level so that you can see them better, so try them in hanging baskets or window boxes.
Nature Rose Picotee Pansy
With violet petals, black markings near the yellow center, and white trim all around them, these pansies tolerate heat better than some other pansies. This means they are perfect for plantings in late spring or early fall.
Tiger Eyes Pansy
These pansies are bright yellow-gold and have burgundy stripes, and they are very artsy in nature. Low-growing, the pansies are both edible and very fragrant.
Whopping Purple Whiskers Pansy
Like its name suggests, this pansy has white petals with bright purple stripes and a beautiful purple trim, along with yellow-gold centers that really bring out the flower. The stems are short, the pansies can be almost three inches in width, and they are also edible.
With dark blue and light blue petals and a bright yellow center, these pansies have a waterfall-like characteristic, spilling over the edges of containers and hanging baskets. They are also economical because there are more flowers on each plant than other types of pansies, and they spread three times further than those pansies
Fun Facts about Pansies
- Most pansies grow 8-10 inches high and have petals that look like they have faces on them.
- The name comes from the French word for remembrance or thought.
- The pansy was used often in various “love” potions in the 1800s.
- You can use pansy petals in potpourri.
- The pansies with the strongest scents seem to be the ones that are blue or yellow in color.
- Pansies are edible, and many people add them to their salads, soups, and even their desserts.
- They have a fresh, minty flavor, and they are high in Vitamins C and A.
- The petal itself can be used as a natural dye.
- Pansies are one of the oldest flowers ever cultivated in history.
Medicinal Uses of the Pansy Flower
The list of known nutrients in pansies includes the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Salicylic acid
The Medicinal benefits include anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and being able to treat the following conditions:
- Skin conditions such as eczema and scabs
- Respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, whooping cough, and asthma
- High blood pressure
- Heart pain
- Joint pain such as arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Diaper rash and other rashes
- Retinal hemorrhages
- Excessive bruising
- Chest congestion
- Hysteria or other emotional outbreaks
- Certain tumors for cancers such as breast, lungs, and stomach
- Strengthening contractions and inducing labor
- Bladder infections
- Healthy scalp and hair
- Urinary tract conditions
How to prepare and use the pansy flower:
- Infusion method: Add 1-2 tsp. of the plant (flowers) in ½ cup of boiling water, then remove from heat and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Take it by mouth throughout the day, one mouthful at a time. Only drink up to 1 cup per day.
- Extract method: Place 2-4 tsp. of the plant in 1 cup of cold water for 8 hours. When the 8 hours are up, take one mouthful at a time throughout the day.
Words of caution
- The side effects of pansies have not been thoroughly studied; however, experts do know that if taken in high doses, the flower can be toxic, which is why most recommendations include consuming no more than one cup per day. Interactions with other medications also haven’t been studied, and long-term use can be detrimental, even if you are consuming the proper daily amounts. If you start having skin problems after using pansy for a while, it is best to stop taking it. Although pansies are mainly effective in the treatment of respiratory, urinary, and skin conditions, they are still being studied for their other benefits and uses, and doing your due diligence by studying various online publications is always highly recommended.
- As with any other herb or natural remedy, you should be checked out thoroughly by a physician before using pansies for any type of physical or emotional ailment. When taken as recommended, pansies are quite safe, but since so few studies have been conducted about side effects and dangerous interactions, it is best to share all of your medications and health issues with your doctor before trying to use pansies for any condition. If you purchase a product – for example, a skincare item – that has pansy in it, there is no need for concern, but if you are planning to make it yourself, it is always best to use caution and run everything past your doctor before participating in this activity.
- When you make anything with pansy in it, make sure the flowers are in full bloom and that they haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals. A few other rules include the following:
- Only use flowers that are fully open.
- Don’t choose the flowers if they are under- or over-ripe, just like when you choose fruit.
- The day after the dew has dried, first thing in the morning, is the best time to pick the pansy flowers. The flowers have more water in the mornings and are less likely to stick together.
- Don’t store the flowers in a plastic bag, but only in a large plastic container. Place a moist paper towel on the bottom of the container before placing the flowers there.
- Remove all insects or dirt from the flowers before using them.
- Use the petals only, and not the pistils or stamens.