Approximately 400 species of violets are found around the
world, mostly in cooler climates. About eleven species are native to Florida. The pansy is a
widely grown cool-season annual developed by hybridizing Viola tricolor with other north European violets. This plant offers
an unusually wide range of flower colors including blue, yellow and red. Pansy
flowers are edible and have been used in making dyes.
Light: full sun
Water: moderate drought tolerance, best under irrigation
Soil: rich, organic soil for best results, responds well to fertilization
In the north Florida
garden, pansies will bloom from fall into spring, with short lapses following
the occasional freezing weather. Pansies may need irrigation during these dry
months but do not plant them in a soggy spot.