Viola pedata is a low perennial herb from a root crown.
Leaves tufted, palmately divided into a number of narrow segments with toothed tips.
Flowers dark to light lilac to 3 cm wide, bilaterally symmetric, 5 parted, hairless, stamens large, orange, longer than petals, style club-shaped, concave at slanted tip.
Fruit a dry capsule, seeds coppery (no closed flowers); seeds often dispersed by ants that eat the aril and drop the seed further from parent plant (Beattie and Lyons 1975); blooms April-May.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Dry open woods, in gaps.