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Viola pedata (Bird’s Foot Violet)

Birdfoot Violet, Bird's Foot Violet, Bird-foot Violet

Viola pedata, Birdfoot Violet, Bird's Foot Violet, Bird-foot Violet, Shade plants, shade perennial, violet flowers, plants for shade, fragrant perennials

Viola pedata (Bird’s Foot Violet) is a rhizomatous, low-growing perennial forming a carpet of fresh green leaves, palmately divided into 3-5 narrow segments, and reminiscent of a bird’s foot. The large flowers, 1.5 in. across (3 cm), feature two dark violet upper petals, three pale lilac lower petals adorned with dark veins, and a bouquet of brilliant orange stamens in the center. They are pollinated by bees and butterflies. Blooming in spring, the blossoms rest atop their own leafless stalk just above the foliage. Bird’s Foot Violet is not the easiest violet to cultivate, but is worth the effort. A lovely addition to the rock garden.

  • Grows up to 3-6 in. tall and wide (7-15 cm). This plant may self-seed if happy.
  • A full sun lover, it is best grown in sandy or gravelly, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Will tolerate part shade. Foliage may die back in summer.
  • Deer resistant, it is generally pest and disease free. This plant is particularly susceptible to crown rot if drainage is not excellent.
  • May be propagated by root cuttings taken in early spring or by seed.
  • Native to eastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Violaceae
Genus Viola
Common names Violet
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spacing 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio, Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viola palustris (Marsh Violet)
Viola sempervirens (Evergreen Violet)
Viola pedatifida (Prairie Violet)
Viola glabella (Pioneer Violet)
Viola rotundifolia (Round-Leaved Violet)
Viola cucullata (Marsh Blue Violet)

Recommended Companion Plants

Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque Flower)
Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Violaceae
Genus Viola
Common names Violet
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spacing 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, Midwest, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio, Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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