Growth habit: Low-growing perennial
Height: 10 - 20 cm
Spread: 10 - 20 cm
Bloom Time: May - July
Bloom Colour: Purple-blue flowers
Light: Full sun to semi-shade
Moisture: Moist to dry
Soil: Average well-drained garden soil
Seeding: Seeds require cold stratification in order to germinate. See the Plant Info page for more detailed information on growing from seed.
Landscape uses: Good for a rock garden or other well-drained location. Likes to be mulched. Will self-seed but is easily managed.
Interesting features: This is Alberta's most unusual violet. Its unique deeply cut leaves look a little like a crow's foot and the flowers are large for the size of the plant. It is rare in the Edmonton area for 2 reasons: it is at the northern limit of its range and it prefers sandy well-drained slopes and meadows.
Natural habitat: Dry gravelly hills and prairie grassland.
Ecology: The violet family members are host plants for Fritillary butterflies.