Viola pedata

Common name: Bird's Foot Violet

Native plant

This early blooming violet is a small, slow growing plant, and is a bit harder to grow that many of the other native violets. Growing no more than 6 inches tall and wide, it is great used in groups as a ground cover or for a unique addition to the front of beds or borders.  It will only spread by seed, and only when conditions are ideal. Attracts both bees and butterflies.

Limited availability.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 2
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Inches
Mature width
3 Inches
Max height
6 Inches
Max width
6 Inches

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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