Prairie Violet, Viola pedatifida


Viola pedatifida is lovely early-season violet that can be found in drier open prairies. Not to be confused with Viola sororia (common blue violet), which spreads vigorously by both rhizome and seed, prairie violet makes a nice early season edge plant for smaller plantings that on the drier end of the spectrum.

It can be very difficult to germinate using standard methods, thus this is likely to be a species that we will only be offering in the fall. Seed collection is also a challenge as the pods burst open soon after ripening.

Prairie violet is an important plant on the prairie as it is a larval host plant for a number of native fritillary butterflies (see photo in gallery).

Life Cycle: Perennial
Size: 6 Inches
Sun: Full, Partial
Soil: Medium, Medium-Dry
Bloom Time:  May, June
Advantages: Pollinator Favorite Bird Favorite: Habitat, Food Source Highly recommended for home gardens