Prairie Violet, Viola pedatifida is of the Violet Family (Violaceae).
"Pedatifida" broken down into pedatus (foot) and fidus (cleft)
refers to the leaves of the Prairie Violet which are in the shape
of a bird's cleft foot. The name also derives from the Latin name
Viola and is sometimes referred to as Larkspur Violet. The flower's
first notation in scientific writing was in 1831 by Scottish botanist
named George Don. Since this violet has been brought into
world and given a name it has been used in foods, for medicinal purposes,
scents and for pure visual delight. The Prairie Violet which
flowers in the spring and fall, can grow 3-8 inches tall and
buds 1-1/2 inches wide. The leaves divide into three segments and
the stem which is usually higher than the leaves generates one flower
containing five petals. The flower's colors range from blue, violet,
red violet to white and the leaves a dark green hue.