Birdfoot Violet - Viola pedata • (Violet family - Violaceae) •


Birdfoot Violet - • Viola pedata • (Violet family - Violaceae) • Most violets have 5 petals, the lowest ones often wider, heavily veined and extending back into a spur. This has finely segmented leaves (9 -15 points).





It gets its common name from the cleft leaves, because it was thought they resembled a bird's foot. The ones on the upper left and bottom right are uniformly colored lavender; the other species shown is bi-colored lavender and purple. Leaves and flowers occur on separate stems. 4 - 10 in. Dry sandy fields or rocky banks.

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