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These pansies I found at the garden center and bought and planted them for their unique color. The background was shot of a pansy garden that I used a texture on and also used a texture over the larger flowers. Both textures by Kim Klassen.
The common words "pansy" and "violet" are often used interchangeably. When a distinction is made, plants considered to be pansies have four petals pointing upwards, and only one pointing down. Violets have three petals pointing up and two pointing down. Thus Viola cornuta is commonly referred to as a pansy. However, modern horticulturalists tend to use the term "pansy" for those multi-coloured large-flowered hybrids that are grown for bedding purposes every year, while "viola" is usually reserved for smaller, more delicate annuals and perennials.
The pansy flower is two to three inches in diameter and has two slightly overlapping upper petals, two side petals, and a single bottom petal with a slight beard emanating from the flower's center. The plant may grow to nine inches in height, and prefers sun to varying degrees and well-draining soils.
Nature photography by Sandi O'Reilly, All Rights Reserved and Copyrighted. Any questions you might have, feel free to contact me through FAA's email service, glad to help!
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May 17th, 2013
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