Viola pedata (Bird's Foot Violet)
This is one of our most endearing native Violets. This clump-forming perennial gets its common name from its deeply cut leaves, which resemble a bird's foot. The blooms can vary and range from light violet to having two petals much darker. This Violet, unlike most others, prefers sun, although it can withstand shade if the soil is not too damp. It grows from four to six inches and has a long blooming period in spring. It often blooms a second time and is pollinated by bees and butterflies, and ants stand in line to carry its seeds to their nests.