Here is the name and color of every pansy/viola variety I have definitively encountered.
My fascination with pansies (and the like) continues. I thought it might make for a fun and interesting exercise to catalog all of the varieties I’ve encountered so far in graphical, scientific sort of way, so I built a color study.
Why make a color study? In my experience, it is difficult to discern the true colors of flowers based on a photograph or print thereof. Between the multitudes of different filters, lighting situations, printing processes, and other media artifacts involved in photography and printing, a lot of color information can misconstrued or lost, especially when the subject is something vivid and saturated (like a flower). My hope is that this color study takes a lot of the artifacts and subjectivity out of the equation, and instead allows for considerations purely on the basis of observable color, which I have tried to keep as true as possible.
Other reason: I just really wanted to do it and it was fun.
The process + challenges: Interestingly, cataloging was not as straightforward as I thought it would be when I started. A few varieties of pansies growing on my balcony actually vary pretty wildly from bloom to bloom, even on the same plant. Also, some plants that were technically of the same variety had pretty noticeable color variations between plants. The Persian medleys were pretty difficult to catalog for all of these reasons - one of them even has variations in flower size on the same plant! I tried to create a sort of “best fit” image for each plant that had dramatic variations.
Conclusions: This study was not based around answering any particular question, but I can say definitively that pansies/violas are diverse and fascinating. There may be some interesting patterns that arise as the study expands.
Also, Fizzy Grape is the best name for a flower.
Continuation of study: I want to continue this study, but only as I am able to track down a real life examples of new plants and catalog them. It looks like I’ll have to visit a few office buildings and study their corporate-looking pansy displays.
Side note: Interestingly, it seems like nurseries use “pansy” and “viola” somewhat interchangeably. I’ve read several different accounts of what constitutes a difference between the two, but answers vary. It seems the difference lies either in petal count/arrangement, plant size, and flower size.
Edit: For the record, I hear “pansy” used way more often around here than “viola”. In fact, until I started researching it, I did not know they were related!