Viola pedata Bird's Foot Violet

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Viola pedata has deeply divided, palmate leaves on short petioles that arise from a central crown. Its lavender to purple blooms with orange centers are larger than most other violets. Its blooms may occasionally be white or bi-colored purple and blue. Also known as Bird's Foot Violet because of the form of its leaves, this uncommon perennial differs from most other violets in its leaf form, flower size, and preferred growing conditions. An exquisite little plant, it may self sow in ideal conditions.

Viola pedata is native to the east coast from Georgia to Maine, north into Ontario, and west to Nebraska and Texas. This wildflower is typically found on upland black soil prairies, sand and hill prairies, thinly wooded bluffs, openings in sandy or rocky forests, on sand dunes and other areas with sharp drainage and limited competition.

Viola pedata prefers sun to light shade and average to dry soil that is sandy, gritty, or rocky and well-drained. It does not tolerate wet soil. Bird's Foot Violet is best planted where there is little competition from other plants.


  • Common Names: Bird's Foot Violet
  • Zones: 4-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers average to dry, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 3-6
  • Width at Maturity: 6-8
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Mid to late spring, Late summer early fall

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies.
  • Tolerates: Drought.
  • Other Features: Cut Flower. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

IMPORTANT: We are at capacity for shipping the week of 4/22. All new orders will be shipped the week of 4/29 (or later, if your Zone has not started shipping in the list below).

We have a huge amount of orders to get through, so we appreciate your patience while we work extra hard to make this happen. Thank you!


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 10-7: Already started
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

If you wish to receive your plants earlier than what's on this schedule, please send us an email after you place the order. Please note that we only ship on Mondays and Tuesdays for the safety of the plants in transit.

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We ship via UPS or USPS (the Post Office), and their ship rates are automatically generated through our site. We do not profit on shipping costs. We are working with these providers to get our customers the best rates possible.

All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.