Rabbits and deer are animals that love eating pansies. Pansies are one of the few delicacies for these animals during Fall. Therefore it is not advisable to plant pansies where rabbits and deer can reach them. The wintergreen flavor of pansies makes them edible and quite attractive to these animals. Insects such as spider mites, aphids, caterpillars and cutworms also eat pansies.
According to Walter Reeves, the blue and yellow parts of pansies are the most fragrant. Pansies make good ingredients in salads. It's important to wash pansies bought from stores because they usually have pesticides. Pansies are also used in trimming a cake, garnishing a meal or decorating a table. They are quite hardy and can survive frost.
These plants come in a wide variety of species and colors, including white, purple, black, violet, orange and red pansies; some pansies are even tri-colored. They wilt in heat and blossom during cold weather and handle a wide range of garden soils. Pansies should be planted with fertilizer to enhance their quality. They can be grown as either cuttings or seeds. If not well treated, pansies can suffer from diseases such as stem rot, mildew and leaf spot. Pansies are also used for cultural and artistic values.