Hardy, spring-flowering, North American perennial
Description: Brightly colored, five-petaled flowers—the upper 2 petals are deep violet and the lower 3 pale lavender
Habit: Grows to 6 inches high
Culture: Prefers full to filtered sunlight and dry, rocky or sandy soil
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zones 4 through 8
Origin: Eastern North America
Attributes: Attracts butterflies; Deer resistant; Drought tolerant
This shy, solitary violet is found in the barren soils of upland woods and dry, sunny clearings throughout much of the Eastern United States. Plants were first sent to Europe during the 1750s and named by Linnaeus. Eighteenth-century Virginia gardener Jean Skipwith was likely referring to this charming species as the “cut-leaved” wild violet “with a pansy flower” that she grew among her sweet-scented violets at Prestwould. J. E. Teschemacher, writing in the Horticultural Register (1835), recommended Viola pedata for rock gardens.
This plant will ship bare root. Grade: #1.
Bare root planting tips:
~ If you can't plant immediately, store your plant in a cool location and keep the roots moist or pot in a container with a nursery potting mix from your local garden center.
~ Before planting, let the roots soak for several hours as you prepare the site. You'll want to dig a large enough hole so the root mass can spread out and the plant is at the same soil level as when it was growing in the nursery.
~ Once planted, water it in well and wait a month before fertilizing. Mulching will help to maintain moisture and raise soil temperatures for faster growth.