Pansy Mix

Viola wittrockiana

A cheerful mix of hardy pansies.

Although the word “pansy” has its origins in the French pensee, meaning “thought,” the word became a slur directed toward gay, effeminate, or gender-nonconforming men. Artist Paul Harfleet’s Pansy Project, which ceremoniously sets pansies into the earth at spots where homophobic abuse has occurred, reckons with both senses of the word. Hardy plants that can bloom through the snow, pansies intrinsically embody the resilience and fortitude at the core of the LGBTQIA+ community.


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In cool climates, we recommend sowing pansy seeds directly into a weed-free, well-prepared bed in mid-fall, and watering in well. Keep a close eye on the bed the following spring, keep it weeded and watered regularly, and you will soon see cheerful spring flowers. Deadhead spent flowers to prolong blooming, or leave a few for the plants to self sow.

Days to Maturity 85 days
Planting Depth ¼"
Spacing in Row 6"
Spacing Between Rows 12"
Height at Maturity 10"
Width at Maturity 8"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Paul Harfleet. In this digital illustration, the pansy takes its rightful place among many symbols representing the strength of the LGBTQIA+ community: a pride flag, a trans pride flag, a pink triangle, and a red ribbon.

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