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Bird's Foot Violet

Bird's Foot Violet

Bird's Foot Violet

Use vivid language to paint vivid images, let your voice reach out to the reader and help them visualize what you're talking about. Instantly, you'll have more engaged recipients.Bird-Foot Violet is a native herbaceous plant that may grow 4 to 8 inches high. This plant has basal leaves only that tend to have 3 lobes. The common name comes from the shape of the leaves, they resemble a birds foot. Lavender-blue or bi-colored flowers with orange anthers appear from early to late spring and may recur in fall. It occurs naturally in rocky, open woods, sandy prairies & pine lands. This species is restricted to undisturbed, high-quality habitats and occurs in the North Carolina mountains, the Piedmont and the coastal areas. It is often considered one of the prettiest violas.

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Viola pedata (Bird's Foot Violet) matures to 3" in height and has purple flowers with orange centers. The leaves are shaped like bird's feet. Bird's Foot Violet prefers drier soil conditions; preferably sandy soils, and grows best in full sun to partial shade.Viola pedata is one of the larval host plants for the Edward's Fritillary butterfly, Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly, the Mormon Fritillary butterfly, the Coronis Fritillary butterfly, and the Variegated Fritillary butterfly.Q Shigeko • May 26 Hi, I ordered Viola Pedata (Bird's Foot Violet) twice in the past, but sadly they failed to thrive, and I lost them. I'm wondering if this plant is particularly difficult to grow in our climate here in North Seattle. I love the way this charming viola looks, but am wondering if I shouldn't keep replacing them. Please let me know. Thanks!

Bird-foot violet is a low, clumped perennial, 4-10 in. high, with large, almost pansy-sized flowers. The leaves, almost round in outline, are 3/4-2 inches long, deeply cut into 3-5 segments, and these again narrowly lobed. The leaf stem is 4-6 inches long. Flowers are pale to dark purple, broad, flat, 1-1 1/2 inches across. They have 5 petals, the 2 upper ones smaller than the lower 3 and deep violet. The lowest petal has the dark streakings which are common to most violets. There are 5 stamens with brilliant orange anthers.Bird's-foot violet has flowers about 1 inch across. The species has two color phases: either all 5 petals pale lilac or lavender, or the upper 2 petals deep velvety purple and the 3 lower petals pale lilac to lavender. Additionally, you might encounter rare color patterns such as all-white, or white with combinations of the above. The center of the united stamens is always deep orange. Blooms April–June. The leaves are deeply dissected “like a bird’s foot.” Leaves developing later in the season have somewhat wider, straplike segments. (Source: mdc.mo.gov)

 

 

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