From April until July, blue-violet flowers open above neat clumps of leaves which resemble a bird's foot with the outer toes again parted. The specific epithet pedatifida means "pedately-cleft" in botanical Latin. This beautiful flower is sadly threatened or endangered in much of its North American home, but will thrive in any moist and shady spot in the garden and even self-seed where happy.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.
Common name:Prairie Violet, Crow-foot violet, Larkspur violet, Purple prairie violet, Coastal viola