Bird's Foot Violet

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Birds Foot Violet - Viola pedata Hardy Planting Zones - 4-8 Sun or Shade - Full Sun Mature Height - 0.25-0.50" Mature Width - 0.25-0.50" Bloom Season - Spring (March to May) Gardener Status - Beginner
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Bird Foot Violet - Viola pedata

Birds Foot Violet is a beautiful plant that can also be used as a herb.  The leaves and flowers can be cooked and used to thicken soups.  It is also great for gardeners because when the roots are used, and corn seeds are soaked, it helps keep bugs away once they are planted.  It can also help with headaches, colds, and coughs when created into essential oils. Bird Foot Violet is a flowering plant that is also known as Viola Pedata to the botanical community.   As long as it is planted in a full sunlight environment, it can adapt and tolerate many different soil conditions with ease.   During the months between April and September, this plant will be showered with beautiful and delicate looking flowers.  They will be a gorgeous shade of purple or lavender.  Due to the short stature of this plant, many use this plant as a ground cover.  The flowers make this a nice addition and will bring a lot of color to any area of the landscape.  This plant gets its name from the figure of its blooms.  They are shaped and look similar to that of a bird’s foot.  In addition to their lovely shades of purple, the flowers will also have a subtle orange center that makes these blooms stand out.  This plant will need to be kept weed free as weeds will sometimes hinder the growth and development of this plant or choke it out of the area altogether. It is a perennial and will be around for many years of enjoyment in the garden area.  When they die out for the year, they will reseed themselves for the coming year.


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