Prairie violet Description:
Viola pedatifida, commonly known as prairie violet, is a herbaceous perennial plant that is native to central North America. It can be found in prairies, meadows, and along roadsides in the central part of the United States and Canada.
Prairie violet typically grows 3 to 6 inches tall and has a spreading habit. It has finely divided leaves that are arranged alternately on the stem. In late spring to early summer, the plant produces small, purple flowers that are highly attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Viola pedatifida is an excellent plant for naturalizing in a prairie garden or meadow, and it is highly valued for its ornamental properties. It prefers a well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade and can be used as a groundcover, edging, or as a specimen plant. The plant is deer-resistant and can be easily grown from seed or transplants. The attractive flowers and foliage make it a beautiful addition to any garden or landscape, and the early blooming period makes it a great option for early season interest. It is also a great choice for attracting beneficial insects to the garden.
Prairie violet's native range is from as far West as Montana and Arizona to North Carolina, though it's most prevalent in the Midwest, in states such as Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.
Standard Plant Information:
Plant Height: 3" - 6" inches
Bloom Time: June - September
Preferred Habitat: Does well in part shade to full sun. Often found in prairies, open woods.
For most homeowners, the best option is to scatter seed on the ground by hand broadcasting at a minimum of 16-64 pls ounces per acre. For even coverage, we recommend that you broadcast seed in perpendicular rows across the site to ensure even coverage.
You’ll want to broadcast any grass seed first, which will get raked into the soil lightly. Next, it is ideal to mulch the area lightly with either a clean (no seed) straw or preferably with our native Little Bluestem straw, sold at our retail garden centers. After a light mulching is complete, now it’s time to broadcast your native wildflower seeds, which should not be raked into the soil. A good rain or watering is sufficient to cover the seed.
Simply dig a hole in the soil slightly larger than the plant’s roots. Ensure that the soil line of the plant is maintained during the transfer (i.e. the plant should be at the same level with the ground as it was in the pot). Pack any loose dirt back around the plant and make sure you water it well the same day to ensure it has the best chance of survival.
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