Small five-petal spring flowers, typically appearing all pale lilac/lavender or with two upper petals that are deep purple and three lower petals that are pale lilac/lavender. Less commonly, flowers are white or display other combinations of the colors mentioned. Flowers, always with orange stamens, hover over basal foliage consisting of deeply dissected leaves that evoke a bird’s foot. Viola species are host to fritillary butterfly larvae including the regal fritillary in prairies.
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