Bird's Foot Violet

Bloom Season
Sun and Shade,
Height At Maturity
6" Tall
Planting Zones
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5-7 Days
Planting Zones 4-8
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Bird's Foot Violet (Viola pedata)


Bird's Foot Violet: Viola pedata, or the Bird's Foot Violet, is a lovely herbaceous perennial plant with showy blue or violet flowers that add color to the late-spring garden.


Bird's Foot Violet is a sun-loving flower that can tolerate a little filtered shade. It is a North American native species, found naturally growing in meadows, along ditch banks, and in woodland clearings from southern New England through the mid-south and west across the open prairies of the upper midwest.


It prefers de-compacted soil, and you will fertilize it about twice per year--in the early spring and the fall. In late autumn, gardeners in northern climates often add a protective blanket of hardwood mulch. Although Bird's Foot Violet likes moisture, it definitely does not like wet feet, so plan a spot where rainwater does not stand.


Other than routine maintenance, Bird's Foot Violet is an easy plant to grow. 


Where to Plant Bird's Foot Violet


TN Nursery suggests Bird's Foot Violet if you have a sunny spot that needs a touch of late spring color.


Plant Bird's Foot Violet in these spots:


  •      Near a garden walkway
  •      Fairy garden
  •      Rock garden
  •      Flower bed
  •      Garden border
  •      Mass plantings
  •      In deep pots or containers


The Magnificent Beauty of Bird's Foot Violet


Bird's Foot Violet gets its name from the unique appearance of its leaves--they grow in a shape that resembles a bird's foot! The leaves are silvery green, elongated to about three inches, and lobed in a way that looks like a claw.


The flowers have four petals--the two upper petals are usually blue, and the lower petals may be a richer shade, like purple or violet. The two-toned effect is stunning.


Bird's Foot Violet grows to about eight inches high and wide, a reasonably sized plant that you can use in many settings.


Order Your Bird's Foot Violet From TN Nursery Today


TN Nursery has decades of experience, and we ship only the best from our family farm. Order your Bird's Foot Violet today.






Reviews (17)

  • 5
    Birds Foot Violets

    Posted by Mary Kuss on Apr 14, 2022

    I could not be happier with my order of bare-root Birdsfoot Violet plants. They arrived in excellent condition. I ordered five plants and got 13! Granted, some were small. But most of them had stocky crowns and several had multiple flower buds! I will definitely be ordering from you again.

  • 5

    Posted by Paula Wilson on Jan 13, 2022

    Price is reasonable. Plants are great. I am very happy with this purchase.

  • 4

    Posted by Willie Gutter on Jan 12, 2022

    Awesome. Very nice Plants and arrived in perfect packing.

  • 5
    Birds Foot Violet

    Posted by Connie on Jul 12, 2021

    Happy with the pkg of bareroot plants.Planted them the next day. Hoping for flowers come spring.

  • 5
    Bird's foot violet

    Posted by Gary Bartell on Jul 10, 2020

    My plants arrived bare root which I expected and I'm happy to say all are healthy and look great. I will also tell you that I other plants from TN. and all arrived in great condition.

  • 5
    Birds-foot Violet

    Posted by Madison Canno on Aug 27, 2019

    These arrived in great shape and packaged nicely. I got them planted.. Can't wait to see what they look like in the spring.

  • 5
    Birds-foot Violet

    Posted by Lucille Arnold on Aug 26, 2019

    The blooms on this plant are very unique and beautiful. Looks great in my gardens! Very pleased with this plant.

  • 5
    Birds-foot Violet

    Posted by Toni Masterson on Aug 26, 2019

    this is an awesome addition to our walkway

  • 5
    Birds-foot Violet

    Posted by Sara Jenn on Aug 22, 2019

    These look great around my rock garden.

Shipping Information

We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

Shipping Dates
Ships November through April

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