An Ornithologist's Violet April 25, 2007
Active birders love to list their sightings, and this is a violet every flora fan should "list" as well. This violet, which is listed as "Threatened" in Ohio, is found on the high and dry ridge tops of Shawnee State forest.
Note the unusual leaves- they resemble a bird's foot. Hey, maybe that's why they call it the Birdfoot violet, Viola pedata. And in Shawnee they grow in this bi-color form which is a real show stopper. These alone are worth the trip to southern Ohio to see, as their blooms are nearly pansy sized. With so many violets to see, smooth or hairy, spurred and unspurred, yellow, white, or purple, it is difficult to keep them all straight. But this one will give you no trouble remembering, and the leaf shape alone would make it a real find. Seeing this flower is like winning the lottery!