Viola pedata L.
Family: Violaceae
bird's-foot violet
Viola pedata image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Viola: a classical Latin name for violets
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 4" tall forb, basically stemless; no stolons
Leaves: main leaves 3-parted then deeply divided into 3-5 toothed parts
Flowers: light purple to blue, 5-parted, 3/4"-1 1/2" wide, stamens prominently protruding forming an orange/yellow center, petals beardless; solitary, basal; blooms April-June
Fruits: capsule with copper-colored seeds
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry; woods, prairies, inland sands; in sandy, gravelly soil
Conservation Status: Native