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Viola pedata

Bird's Foot Violet

Plant Type:


Viola pedata - Bird's Foot Violet is perfect and perfectly beautiful in the well-drained sandy, bony or average conditions found in the full sun rocky garden. The little central golden eye is flanked by rich dark purple petals set clearly in the shape of a classic violet atop a dense tuft of green leaves, each resembling a bird's foot, hence the common moniker. The flowers occur in mid to late spring with some possible recurrence. The mound of leaves is clean and green all season long. If happy it will continue to expand into a dense clump. And, if happy, it will self sow - generally not far from the mother plant and never in a noxious fashion. Full sun in well-draining soil. Too much moisture retention will result in rot. Wonderful if you have the conditions for it. The species occurs naturally found Maine to Ontario, south to Texas, east to Georgia. Established pot grown plant from division.


3 in


3 in



Characteristics and Attributes for Viola pedata

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn


  • Full Sun


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Rock Garden
  • Collector Plant
  • Edging
  • Natural Garden
  • Trough
  • Bank
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Scrabbled
  • Sandy
  • Draining
  • Calcareous
  • Impoverished
  • Average


  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • Division