Birds Foot Violet - Viola pedata Hardy Planting Zones - 4-8 Sun or Shade - Full Sun Mature Height - 0.25-0.50" Mature Width - 0.25-0.50"
Birds Foot Violets - Viola Pedata
The Bird-Foot violet is most commonly found in dry, upland sites. They are commonly found in Eastern North America but can also be found in the Midwest and Southern parts of the United States. Bird-foot violets are a low-lying perennial that tends to clump together. Bird-foot violet blooms from April to June and sometimes can bloom again in the fall. The Bird-foot violet grows wild and is also used as a ground cover by homeowners. These are great to be used as ground coverings because they spread by rhizomes which are stems under the ground that grow sideways; these rhizomes can send up new stems which make new plants. The dainty flowers leaves have a definite separation between them. The petals of the flower range from pale to dark violet with an orange center. They flower appears to be relatively flat and are 1-1 ½ inches in circumference. The leaves of the flower are shaped like a birds foot and are roughly ¾ to 2 inches long. The flower has a total of 5 petals on it; often times all of the petals are the same color that range from light to dark violet and turn white toward the center of the flower. However sometimes the upper two petals are dark violet and the lower three petals are light blue or violet. The soil tends to be dry; these flowers typically do well in sandy or slightly rocky soils. If the soil isn’t dry and doesn’t drain well, these flowers can develop crown rot. They can also be overtaken by weeds so it is crucial that they be kept in a weed free area. These little flowers are a great addition to any garden to give a splash of color in the spring.