Photo Courtesy of Syngenta Flowers

Pansy viola x wittrockiana 'Delta Premium Marina'

Pansy's are the most sold flower in the world.  There are two main types of pansy's, clear or pure & faced or blotch.  A pansy with a face/blotch, features a dark blotch in the center of the flower.  Pansy's are available in a amazing array of colors, can overwinter in many areas if they had time to develop a good footing and are easy to grow, rarely having any disease or insect problems.  Delta Premium Marina features 2.5 to 3 inch light blue flower with white & purple face on compact 4 to 6 inch plants that keep them from flopping over.

Height: 6 in

Spread: 6-8 in

USDA Zone: Zones 5 - 9

Color: Bi-Color, Light Blue, White

Interesting Notes:

The name pansy is derived from the French word pensee' meaning "thought", and was so named because the blotched flower resembles a human face.  Because of this the pansy has long been a symbol of freethough.  Pansy flowers are edible and when temps drop below 25 degrees their foliage will wilt & turn a grey - green as a defense from the cold. 

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

Best planted when soil temps are between 45 - 70 degrees and in a raised bed for good drainage.  Pansy's planted when soil temps are below 45 will be stunted exhibiting little growth or flowering.  Plant 6 to 10 inches apart in full or part sun.  Water thoroughly for the first time 5 days after planting and then it is best that they receive a thorough watering once or twice a week and feed once every two weeks.  Regular dead heading of faded blooms can extend & increase blooming.  Surrounding, with approximately 2 inches of mulch will help conserve water and protect against the cold.  The Delta Series exhibits great heat tolerance though all pansy's will begin to decline as the days heat up.  Be careful, deer love pansy's!!

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attracts Wildlife:

  • Butterflies

Attributes:

  • Fragrant
  • Overwintering

Design Use:

  • Container
  • Window Boxes
  • Mass Planting
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Edging

Exposure:

  • Full Sun / Part Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Habit:

  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Winter

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter
  • Fall
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist
  • Well Drained