- Common Name(s):
- Bird's foot violet, Bird-Foot Violet
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Bird-Foot Violet is a herbaceous plant that may grow 4 to 8 inches high. This plant has basal leaves only. Leaves tend to have 3 lobes. Lavender flowers with orange stamens appear from early to late spring.
Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Seasons of Interest:
Blooms: Early Spring/ Spring; Fruit/Seed/Nut: Summer
Wildlife Value: Host plant for fritillary butterflies. Members of the genus Viola support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilis, Andrena (Gonandrena) integra, and Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia. Moderately resistant to deer.
- Spring to summer
- 4-8 in.
- Leaves with numerous deeply divided, finger-like segments
- Five petals; pale lavender to purple; lower petal wider than the other four; conspicuous orange anthers in center
- Sandy and dry roadsides, woodland edges
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2788