Botanical Name: Viola
Common Name: Pansy  
Plant photo of: Viola
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Water Saving Tip:

Group plants in your garden according to their water needs (hydrozone).

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color

Blue, Gold, Lavender, Pink, Purple, Yellow, Violet, White, Multi-Colored


Flower Season

Winter, Spring, Fall


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade



Medium, High


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Rich, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Patio, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Cascade, Container, Cut Flowers


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

Okay, so you might not think of pansies as a low-water plant, but given that they are typically planted in the fall or early spring, they manage on very little supplemental watering, at least until summer. So, used in those seasons, they may be well suited to a water-wise garden. They come in too many colors and combinations to mention. They are all relatively low-growing, and bloom when its cool. A wonderful companion to flowering cabbage and kale. Just don't put them out in the sun in the hot summer months and expect them to thrive.
Plant in well drained, amended soil in sun to light shade (remember, we're talking fall and spring here). Water periodically, but let the soil dry just a bit between.