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What is eating my pansies off?

Although a relatively trouble-free plant, pansies are sometimes eaten by aphids, slugs and sparrows, which sometimes eat off the head of the flower.

Prevention/Solution

Discourage aphid invasion by spraying plants with a mixture of 15 parts water to 1 part dish soap and 1 part rubbing alcohol. Discourage slugs by removing mulch, which promotes overly moist conditions. Sparrows may be discouraged by spraying plants with a mixture of water and ashes from cigarettes.

Identification

Pansies are known for their five petals and round shape. They typically come in one of three colour patterns: solid yellow or blue, a single colour with black lines coming from the centre, and a solid colour with a dark centre.

Habitat

Pansies naturally grow in the South and Southwest during the winter months and in the North during the summer months. Pansies are annuals, which need to be planted every year; they prefer to be planted in full sun.

Tips

To encourage healthy soil, do not plant pansies in the same area more than three years in a row.

Fun Facts

Pansies are completely edible and are commonly added to foods as a garnish.

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About the Author

Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.