Pansies are more than just a beautiful flower for the garden

October is the time to plant pansies if you want to have some flowers in your garden during the winter months.  Pansies love cool weather and can thrive in a sunny location through the winter and last until May or June.  They are some of the longest blooming annuals in our area and come in all colors - even black!  It's no secret that pansies make a beautiful addition to your winter landscape, but there's much more to them than that.

Pansies are a perfectly edible flower.  You can enjoy just the petals or even eat the entire flower on a beautiful green salad, as a decoration on a cake, or in a cocktail.  Just be sure to eat pansies that are organically grown and free from any pesticides.

In German-speaking countries, pansies are called "Stiefmütterchen" which means "Little stepmother," and there's a fun reason why.  The petals on a pansy tell a little Cinderella story.  Watch the video above to hear the story and see how pansies are perfect for color, taste, and a great story.

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