Bird's Foot Violet - Viola pedata
| Introduction |
The Bird's Foot Violet is native to much of the eastern U.S. and part of Canada. However it is rare and/or threatened in some
areas due to prairie destruction.
Bird's Foot Violet is a Host Plant for the Regal Fritillary
Regal Fritillaries (Speyeria idalia) use this violet as a host plant. It is a very beautiful butterfly that was once very common across the midwest and eastern U.S. but now is very rare due to habitat destruction - or more specifically due to tall grass prairie destruction.
More Bird's Foot Violet Pictures
Light colored flowers:
Where to buy Bird's Foot Violet
The only place I've found that sells it is Hamilton Seeds and Wildflowers, although there must be other places that sell it. But its doubtful that you will find it at a typical nursery.
I tried starting this plant from seed before but had no success. I recommend buying the plant.
The Viola Family
The Viola family consists of herbs usually with colorful flowers. There are about 900 species worldwide. Some species make flowers that don't open, but self pollinate.
From the U. S. Department of Agriculture:
Good information about Bird's Foot Violet can be found at the Prairie Wildflowers of Illinois site.
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