Why the pansy?

Although pansy’s come in many other colours, the pansy fits the symbolic purple theme which represents pancreatic cancer. Even more special is that the winter variety flowers in November, which is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

The name “pansy” is derived from the French word pensée, “thought” and was imported into Late Middle English as a name of Viola in the mid-15th century, as the flower was regarded as a symbol of remembrance.

The pansy flower also symbolises the love or admiration of one person for another and was selected as the first Pancreatic Cancer Action logo when the charity was launched in 2010 by Ali Stunt.