Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata)

One of the things I like best about Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata) is that it grows well in waste places, locations with dry, rocky and not very fertile soil -- like on the embankment along our road out. Oddly enough, the Missouri Botanical Garden site linked above says Viola pedata is "Considered more difficult to grow than most other violets." Around here, they seem to be doing well growing and spreading with no attention from us.

On our Friday walk, we saw one Bird's Foot Violet blooming. Dozens were blooming on Saturday.

The flower's common name is based on its deeply divided leaves which somewhat resemble a bird's foot.

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TexWisGirl said...

Such a beauty!

And re: your comment to correct me from bee to hover fly - you just keep on being picky! You're much more knowledgeable of these things and I am just thrilled you stop by my blog and comment! I never mind learning about nature!

Pat - Arkansas said...

Very beautiful!

The 'ordinary' deep purple violets are in full bloom here; the plants are as invasive as weeds, but it still hurts me to pull one up even if it's growing where it should not be. I love to see them scattered in the grass or, as in my yard, among the other weeds.

Christine said...

Very sweet little beauty! Have a good week Marvin.

msdewberry said...

Lavender lovely! Very pretty flower!
Happy First Day of spring!

Chubskulit Rose said...


Please come see my flower, have a great week ahead.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely color and pattern this flower has! Happy Spring Marvin!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Nothing says spring like a violet. Happy Spring.

Kathie Brown said...

How pretty. It is lighter in color than the woodland violets I am used to.