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PANSY FAMILY TREE
A beautiful fairy faced flower

The flower we commonly know of as Pansy is an ancestor of the tricolor violet (or Johnny-jump-up) and is a relatively new flower. In 1810 Mr. T. Thompson crossed varieties of the viola tricolor with the viola lutea and viola altaica (from the Crimean area) to achieve what we now call the pansy. The well known yellow and purple pansy has many “cousins” of many colors these days including the beautifully soft “Antique Shades”, a vibrant “True Blue” and the beautiful hybrid series known as the “sorbet” series.

Throughout history pansies have been linked with love. Puck, the fairy spirit from A Midsummer Night’s Dream used their juice to make “man or woman madly dote upon the next live creature that it sees.”

PANSIES IN THE GARDEN

 

Pansies grow from seeds sown in autumn in warm climates or in spring in cooler places. Their seeds are very fine and it is easier to start the seeds indoor, setting the seedlings into the garden when they are about one or two inches high. To establish your pansy seedlings be sure to water deeply and apply a liquid plant food at least once a week. This lovely flower will grow well in sun or part-shade. Pinch back to promote growth. Great planted in flower boxes, pots or as a border edging.

 

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