A Pansy by Any Other Name…

A rose by any other name would still be a rose. But what about this hardy cool weather flower? The flower world must think it odd that we have adopted the name of this hardy spring time flower to use as a name to make fun of someone who wants a soft life.

I’ve had this conversation with backpackers who call someone who wants to turn back and go home to their soft beds ‘pansy’. I’m no expert botanist but this I know about the pansy, it is anything but a ‘pansy’. I wouldn’t plant any other flower outside in Idaho in the spring. They wouldn’t last. Only the pansy. Hardy. Strong. Enduring. Long suffering.

Next time someone calls you a pansy, could it be admiration for your hardy, strong, enduring, long suffering ways?

Happy Spring!


1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1-5 (NASB)

1 Comment

  • Judy Barking

    April 6, 2013 at 6:56 PM Reply

    I don’t know about Idaho, but in Utah we also plant them in the fall and they will actually winter over, under the snow, and bloom again in spring! Pansies are TOUGH!

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