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Plant Details

Viola pedata

Birdfoot Violet, Bird's Foot Violet

Scientific Name:

Viola pedata

Common Name:

Birdfoot Violet, Bird's Foot Violet

Plant Family

Violaceae (Violet Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

blue-violet to purple-violet

Size in Feet:

0 ft, 6 in

Light:

full sun to light shade

Soil Moisture:

xeric to sub-xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

March - May

Bloom Area:

State-wide

Habitat Description:

Dry rocky or sandy forests, woodlands, glades, and roadbanks.

In bloom

The large, flat flowers and deeply lobed leaves make the Birdfoot Violet one of the easiest violets to identify.

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David Paynter, May, 2011, Watauga Co

Close-up of flower

Other distinctive traits are the beardless petals and the brilliant orange in the center. Unlike most violets, this species produces no cleistogamous flowers (self-fertile flowers that produce seed without opening).

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David Paynter

Growing on the side of a mountain bald

Birdfoot violet forms impressive patches in the well-drained habitat that it prefers.

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David Paynter. May 2011

It's a beautiful addition to a garden with sandy, well-drained soil and plenty of sun. Here, it is growing in the gardens of Growing Wild Nursery, a native plant nusery specializing in SE Coast natives.

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Cary Paynter, Burgaw, April 14, 2011

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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