Viola pedatifida

Common name: Prairie Violet

Native plant

Prairie Violet has deep blue flowers that are five-petaled, the middle one being spurred. This clump-forming plant grows to 8” tall. Easily grown in moist, humusy, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prairie Violet is easily confused for Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata). The easiest way to tell them apart is whether or not the flowers are bearded. Birdsfoot Violet is beardless and has larger flowers, up to 1½ inches across. This dainty wildflower is perfect for borders and rock gardens.


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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, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Ground cover, Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Violet Blue

Fall color



Mature height
4 Inches
Mature width
6 Inches
Max height
8 Inches
Max width
8 Inches

Additional information

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