Panola Halloween Mix

Pansy viola x wittrockiana 'Panola Halloween Mix'

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 an 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.  Panola Halloween Mix is festive mix of Black & Orange flowers.  The Panola’s are a cross between a Pansy & Viola which results in medium sized flowers that hold up better in rain and snow.  The blooms may be smaller but don’t let that make you think you will get less color.  Panola’s are a prolific bloomer that has been known to have to a 12, quarter-sized flowers, at once on a plant.  They are a very nice landscape pansy that is uniform in habit, overwinters well and has good heat tolerance.  . 

Height: 6-8 Inches

Spread: 8-10 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 4 - 8

Color: Black, Mixed Colors, Orange

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 freethought.  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 of 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 approx 2 inches of mulch will help conserve water and protect against the cold.  The Panola 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:

  • Overwintering
  • Fragrant

Design Use:

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

Exposure:

  • Full Sun / Part Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Habit:

  • Compact Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Winter

Soil Moisture:

  • Well Drained
  • Moist