Can you tell the Difference between a Pansy and a Voila?

Did You Know?

Did you know that all pansies are violas, but not all violas are pansies? That’s right, pansies are the result of breeding the traditional violas with wild viola varieties!

Both flower varieties have noticeably different characteristics between the two as well as some interesting history. Read on, to find out!

Fact #1:

Despite pansies being known for cool weather plantings, violas are more cool and hot weather tolerant giving them a longer season of interest.

Fact #2:

Pansies have larger flowers and sturdier compact bases than violas. However, violas have more of an abundance of flower heads per plant.

Fact #3:

Pansies have more color varieties available than violas. We grow over 30 varieties of pansies as well as over 14 varieties of violas!

Fact #4:

Both pansies and violas are edible! They have a mild evergreen flavor and pair well with salads, drinks and desserts! If that’s not your taste, use them as a garnish!

Fact #5:

Pansies are derived from the French word Pensée which means “thought”. This is due to the flower itself resembling a face – later on in the season it nods forward as if to be deep in thought. The French believed that it would make your lover think of you.

Fact #6:

Pansies have been used extensively by many cultures for storytelling. In fact, Shakespeare referenced them in many plays like Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recent uses include the classic Alice in Wonderland where Alice was surrounded by a chorus of singing Pansies.

Fact #7:

How to easily tell the difference between the two if you are still scratching your head:

Violas have two petals up and three petals down. Pansies have four petals up and one petal down.

Got it? Good, because it’s quiz time!



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