Mexican pansies, also known as Mexican petunias, sprout trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of pink or purple. Each bloom fades after only a day, but the plant will produce flowers from springtime to autumn. Mexican pansies are a warm-weather plant, and are winter hardy in zones 8 through 11. These plant grow quickly, reaching an adult height and spread of 1 to 3 feet.
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Check a USDA hardiness zone map to make sure your area is appropriate for Mexican pansies. They thrive in zones 8 through 11.
Plant the Mexican pansy plants in an area where they will receive full sun.
Water enough to keep the soil consistently damp, but not soggy. Mexican pansies need well-drained soil.
Water well during drought conditions until the plant is well established. It can then survive a drought with just the regular watering.
Keep an eye on the self-propagation habits of Mexican pansies. It self-propagates fast enough that finegardening.com calls it “invasive,” and so, you may have to work hard to keep the Mexican pansies from taking over your entire garden. The root system is shallow, and you can dig up the plants to remove them.
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