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Viola pedata

Common Name(s):
Bird's foot violet, Bird-Foot Violet
Categories:
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

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) fragilisAndrena (Gonandrena) integraand Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia. Moderately resistant to deer.

Season:
Spring to summer
Height:
4-8 in.
Foliage:
Leaves with numerous deeply divided, finger-like segments
Flower:
Five petals; pale lavender to purple; lower petal wider than the other four; conspicuous orange anthers in center
Site:
Sandy and dry roadsides, woodland edges
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
fritillary, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, resistant, butterflies, host, wildlife, deer resistant, deer

NCCES plant id: 2788

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