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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As winter persists, we can only dream of spring-time showers as the high temperatures hover around twenty degrees this week. But one herbaceous perennial is patiently waiting the warmer weather. Also known as the Bird's Foot Violet or Mountain Pansy, this lovely spring violet of the Violaceae family will sure to be braving the weather come spring-time.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Typically blooming anywhere from March to May, this five-petaled violet has two-toned petals, ranging in colors from purples and lilacs to periwinkle hues of blue. They are very popular to the bees and butterflies in the community. They prefer well-drained soils and full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. The Bird's Foot Violet will mature to be about three to six inches tall. Growing best in hardiness zones four through eight, you will most-likely find this little flower in eastern North America.

Photo Credit: North Carolina Native Plant Society

The nickname Bird's Foot violet stems from the shape of the leaves on this perennial. It will self-seed in optimum growing conditions, but commonly spreads by rhizomes. This creates more of a colony of violets, rather than one or two lone plants.

Photo Credit: Fells Native Flower Gallery

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