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The meaning of the pansy

The legend of Demeter and Persephone

According to Greek mythology, the earth goddess Demeter had a daughter named Persephone, born from the union with the king of the Gods Zeus. Hades, god of the underworld, fell madly in love with Persephone, to the point of kidnapping her when Demeter opposed their marriage. Demeter, desperate for the loss of her daughter, brought the world into an unrivaled famine, killing all the plants under her dominion. Zeus convinced Hades to an agreement: he would allow Persephone to spend spring and autumn with her mother, and the rest of the year in the afterlife. Hades agreed and Demeter, delighted with the good news, awakened nature. The first year in which Persephone returned to her mother, nature welcomed her with joy and, along her path, created new flowers that could remember her eyes. Thus the pansies were born,

Botanical notes and varieties


Belonging to the Violaceae family, Viola tricolor (commonly called pansy) is a wild plant of European origin, spread by man in much of America and the East. About 15-20 centimeters tall, the pansy has a slender, dark green stem, surmounted on the sides by oval leaves and covered with a light down. The flowers have five petals, two of which have a uniform purple color, while the others have more tenuous shades (sometimes white) and a little yellowish area in the center. They often bloom from spring to late summer. The current seedlings on the market are hybrids obtained from the union of the wild viola tricolor with other similar species and, depending on the variety, the colors vary from purple to velvet black, passing through yellow and various shades of red or blue. They are commonly used to beautify parks, gardens and terraces in spring.

The meaning of the pansy


Given its delicacy, its modest size and the period in which it blooms, the pansy leads back to sincere love, but also to simplicity, dedication and beauty. It has fascinated and captured generations after generations with its charm, leading to the birth of numerous stories, tales and legends. In France, for example, it is called pensèe and legend has it that by observing the petals, you can see the face of the person you love. In the language of flowers, the meaning of the pansy is love, and its common name indicates precisely the mutual thought that two people in love address. It also represents past memories, linked to childhood or to particular peaceful moments in everyone’s life.

Curiosities and properties


Pansy has many beneficial properties for the body. Already used in ancient Rome to enrich dishes and drinks, it is possible to find pansy extracts, infusions or creams in specialized herbalists. It is used for the treatment of ailments such as constipation, cough, as a diuretic, and in addition it carries out an important purifying action from harmful substances present in the blood circulation. It is also used successfully in the treatment of skin-related problems (such as acne, various types of dermatosis and hives) and to promote scarring and rapid healing of superficial wounds. Given its emollient properties, there are various types of violet-based creams and ointments on the market. These properties are given by many components present in the leaves and flowers, such as essential oils, carotenoids,

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