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Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Blooms: April – June
Suggested Uses: Prairie Violet is a beautiful little violet for upland prairie restoration!
Native Range: Native to the Midwest. Native to Minnesota, except in the northeast corner.
Pollinators: Bees and butterflies. Host plant to several species of 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 contain vitamins C and A.
Other Names: Crowfoot Violet
More information: USDA plant profile