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Pansy / Viola

Pansy - Flower Description

Flowering right through the year Violas are extremely popular with gardeners. Available in a wide range of strikingly vibrant colours room can be found for pansies in most garden settings. Different varieties flower at different times of the year so judicious choices and planting can guarantee a constant succession of blooms even in winter.

Pansies are very adaptable and their low growing habit means that they can be used in many ways. Violas are excellent as ground cover or as a gap-filler in borders and beds. They are also idea in tubs, containers, window boxes and hanging baskets.

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Cultivation of Pansy Plants

Pansy Blooms

Violas perform best when they are cultivated as biennials.

Seeds should be sown in an external nursery bed from mid to late summer. When the seedlings are big enough they should be thinned out to a distance of 12cm apart.

In the autumn the small plants should be relocated to their permanent flowering location. The site chosen should be in full sun or in part shade. The soil should be good with good drainage, yet moist.

Regular deadheading will prolong the flowering season.

Popular Varieties of Pansy

The following lists some popular varieties of Pansy.

Bambini Small whiskered faces, yellow, apricot pink, red, blue, bronze blossoms
Universal Mixed

Flowers in winter & summer, cream, yellow, purple, blue/black blooms

Chalon Giants Blotchy, frilled petals, blue, yellow, mahogany flowers
Clear Crystal Mixed Pattern-less, white, gold, orange, red, violet blooms
Majestic Giants

Large, dark centres, yellow, red, blue blossoms

Roggli Giants Large, velvet petals, yellow, red, blue, violet blooms

Pansy Pests and Diseases

Pansy, or violas, can be susceptible to a condition called Pansy Sickness which may cause the plant to collapse.

Height 15 - 23cm

Pansy - Scientific Classification

Planting distance: 25cm Kingdom Plantae
Flowers right through the year Order Vioales
Good soil / moisture retentive Family Violaceae
Sunny site or part shade Genus Viola
Hardy biennial    
Flowers Index Cornflower Hyacinth Pot Marigold
African Daisy Crocus Lily Primula
Ageratum Daffodil Lily of the Valley Snapdragon
Alstroemeria Dahlia Lobelia Snowdrop
Anemone Daisy Marigold Stock
Babys Breath Delphinium Pansy Sunflower
Begonia Forget-me-Not Pelargonium Sweet Alyssum
Bells of Ireland Freesia Petunia Sweet Pea
Busy Lizzie Gladiolus Phlox Tulip
Chrysanthemum Hollyhock Poppy Wallflower

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