Viola pedata, common name Bird’s Foot Violet, prefers sandy, well drained dry to medium moisture soils in full sun to part shade. This species features deeply divided leaves which resemble a bird foot. This American native occurs naturally in dryish soils on rocky wooded slopes or roadsides. Therefore, it is a great addition to areas of poor soil and full sun. Bird’s Foot Violet is a clump-forming perennial which features flowers of dark purple upper petals and light blue lower petals. It Blooms in early spring, maturing to a height of about 4″. Mass groups in rock gardens for a showy spring display. Violets are host plants for Fritillary butterflies.