Viola pedata

Birdsfoot Violet

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This native violet has deeply divided leaves that to some resemble a bird's foot. It forms a very small clump of less than 6” in height and about 6” in width. It blooms in early spring with either bicolored (upper petals dark purple and lower ones light blue) or uniform light blue flowers. It prefers sandy, dry to medium, sharply drained soils in full sun or light shade.  It is considered more difficult to grow than other violets but if sited well, it may self-seed.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June
Bloom Color
Lavender, Purple
Landscape Use
Groundcover, Understory
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 8