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Pansy
Photo: Thomas J. Story

Pansy

Annual

These low-growing plants (6 to 10 inches tall) with five-petaled flowers are top sellers year after year for good reason.

They deliver lots of blooms over a long period, come in a huge range of colors ― both solids and bicolors ― and bloom through winter in much of the West. ('Dynamite Blotch' is pictured here.)

The large-flowered, faced varieties may catch your eye first in nurseries. But when planted en masse, nonfaced, single-colored varieties are often more striking.

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