Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Viola pedata L. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Arthur Meeks

Corey Raimond

Corey Raimond

Joshua A. Horky

Mark Mittelstadt

Mark Mittelstadt

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll
Family Violaceae
Viola pedata L.
bird's-foot violet
Viola: a classical Latin name for violets
pedata: footlike
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, up to 4" tall forb, basically stemless; no stolons
Flower: 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
Fruit:capsule with copper-colored seeds
Leaf:main leaves 3-parted then deeply divided into 3-5 toothed parts
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry; woods, prairies, inland sands; in sandy, gravelly soil

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All Viola list Google- Images or Text
(for other synonyms - see the formas)
Viola pedata L. var. ranunculifolia DC.

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