Viola pedata

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Full sun to partial, filtered shade
Soils: Dry, acidic, sandy or gravelly soils. Needs good drainage.
Bloom Time: April – June
Size: 4-10 inches high

Beautiful lilac-colored flowers, larger than most violets – more like a pansy. A low, clumping perennial, easily identified by its finely divided bird’s foot-like leaves. Does well in poor upland soils, prefers not to compete with other plants. Great for rock gardens.

Garden Companions

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis); Wavy Hairgrass (Deschampsia flexuosa); Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis); New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus); Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

Nature Benefits

• Provides nectar for native bees and butterflies.
• Larval host for the Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia)

Natural Habitat

Rocky, open woods; sandy prairies and pine barrens

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