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Mar 12

Plant a Flower Day

Pansies
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By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan pays tributes to the beautiful colors in this favorite garden flower.

The name "pansy" is derived from the French word pensée, "thought", and was imported into Late Middle English as a name of Viola in the mid-15th century, as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance. The name "love in idleness" was meant to imply the image of a lover who has little or no other employment than to think of his beloved.

The name "heart's-ease" came from St. Euphrasia, whose name in Greek signifies cheerfulness of mind. The woman, who refused marriage and took the veil, was considered a pattern of humility, hence the name "humble violet".

In Scandinavia, Scotland, and German-speaking countries, the pansy (or its wild parent Viola tricolor) is or was known as the "stepmother"; the name was accompanied by an tale about a selfish stepmother, told to children while the teller plucked off corresponding parts of the blossom to fit the plot.

In Italy the pansy is known as flammola (little flame).

For more about the meaning of flowers in Victorian flower language, click the pansies!