Viola pedata
Bird Foot Violet

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Butterfly FriendlyPart Shade
Bird Foot Violet
Viola pedata

This plant's very large lavender flower is marked with darker veination on the bottom petal that acts as a landing strip for nectar seeking insects. Heavily blooming March through May, its foliage is very thinly lobed forming a delicate mound that is perfect for small, shady landscape nooks.

Easy to grow and perfect for massing in rockeries
Large flower and foliage texture are noteworthy
A key nectar source for native insects
Larval food source for many fritillary butterflies
Good ground cover for shady areas
Cardinals and other song birds eat the seed

Native Range

Rocky open woods, sandy prairies and pinelands from Maine south to Georgia and west to Texas and Minnesota

Interesting Facts

Some butterfly species will eat a wide variety of plants while some will eat only a single plant species. For example, gray hairstreaks are happy feeding on several species while monarchs will only eat plants in the milkweed family.


Prefers sandy or gravelly soil, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade.

Mature Size: 3-6in. Tall x 3-6in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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