Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata) in the Violas Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Viola pedata Accepted
Viola pedata var. pedata Synonym
Viola pedata var. ranunculifolia Synonym
Viola pedata var. concolor Synonym
Viola pedata var. lineariloba Synonym

Data specific to Violas (Edit)
Flowers: Stemless

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 8-10 inches
Plant Spread: 8-10 inches
Leaves: Other: Palmately compound
Fruit: Other: Pod with three parts that ejects seeds when ripe
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Purple
White
Other: Variable: often lavender, sometimes with dark upper petals or markings on side petals, sometimes with veins on lowest petal
Bloom Size: Under 1"
1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Edible Parts: Flowers
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Needs 2 months cold moist treatment
Depth to plant seed: Do not cover seed with soil. Cover with light cloth and keep moist.
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Division
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Comments:
Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 3:19 PM

Birdsfoot Violet is a little gem for the rock garden or other prominent spot with excellent drainage and full sun or light shade. It can be grown successfully in sand or pea gravel with a little compost. The flowers are 1 to 2 inches wide and shaped like fully opened violet flowers. The two upper petals are violet or lavender and the three lower ones are slightly paler. From March to May, a happy plant may display two dozen or more open flowers at once when the entire plant is no more than 6 to 8 inches around and tall! The leaves (evergreen here in TN) are dissected or finely cut resembling bird's feet with many toes.

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