Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Viola pedatifida - Prairie Violets 


Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range

Viola pedatifida

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range Prairie Violets.

The Ohio Department of Natural Conservation Resource list Prairie Violets as Endangered

Great Spangled Fritillary
Great Spangled Fritillary - Cuyahoga Valley National Park - by © Nancy Piltch
Prairie Violets
Prairie Violets
Wildlife Significance
Host Plant - Dr Hilty mentions on his Illinois Wildflower site that little is known about what insects visit this flower, the assumption is, Prairie Violets attract insects similar to other violet species. Violets are the host plant for the Great Spangled and  Aphrodite Fritillary caterpillars

Host Plant - Great Spangled, Variegated fritillary, Silver-bordered fritillary, Meadow fritillary, Zerene fritillary, Atlantis fritillary and  Aphrodite Fritillary caterpillars

Nectar Source - For several Frittillary species


Oligolectic Bees – bees that specialize in gathering nectar and pollen from a very specific plant, violets serve as that plant for the Andrea violae (Mining Bee)

Deer: Are not fond of violets

For more detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower website

prairie violets


- 6 inches
Flower Color
- Purple
Blooms - April - June then September

Sun - Sun part sun

Hardy Zone - 3 to 9

Family -  Violaceae

praire violets
Prairie Violets - Viola pedatifida
Propagation Notes -

Cold Storage - 60 days - Small Zip lock plastic bag with a few table spoons of  moistened vermiculite

Seeds Planted - 2-8-2012

Sprouted - 2-14-2012

Night Temperature - 61 - 63°F

Day Temperature - 64 - 65°F -Under florescent lights

Don't over water

Seed Provenance -
2012 Nodding Onion Gardens, 2011 Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN

NOG 2013 - present