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Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Part Sun – Shade
Bloom Color: Violet
Bloom Season: April – September
Suggested Uses: Bird’s Foot Violet pretty little violet grows well in sandy and gravelly soils and can take some shade, growing well in open woodlands. It is a beautiful flower for rock gardens or upland restorations. Grows well under evergreens.
Native Range: Native to the eastern half of the U.S. Native to the Twin Cities/Anoka Sand Plain and the southeast corner of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees and butterflies, including skipper and fritillary butterflies.
Flowers: The flowers have 5 petals, the lower 1 whitish with purple veins. There are 5 stamens. The anthers are orange. The flowers are about 1 1/2″ wide.
Leaves: The leaves, grown on separate stalks, are 1″-2″ long and are deeply cut into linear toothed segments. If they were entire, they would be close to fan-shaped.
Food Uses: Young leaves can be mixed into salads or eaten as a cooked green. The flowers can be candied by dipping them into water, drying them, and sprinkling them with sugar. They are a good source of vitamins C and A.
More information: USDA plant profile
Partial Sun, Shade, Dry Soil, Mesic Soil, Summer Blooming, Short Height
Attract Bees, Attract Butterflies, Sandy Soil, Erosion Control, Woodland Plants