1. The Botanical Magazine
  2. The Botanical Magazine, Volume III

Viola Pedata

Cut-Leav'd Violet
Class and Order
Syngenesia Monogamia
Generic Character
Calyx 5-phyllus. Cor. 5-petala, irregularis, postice cornuta. Capsula supera, 3-valvis; 1-locularis.
Specific Character and Synonyms
VIOLA pedata acaulis, foliis pedatis septempartitis. Lin. Syst. Veget. ed. 14. Murr. p. 802. Spec. Pl. p. 1323. Gronov. Fl. Virg. ed. 2. p. 135
VIOLA tricolor caule nudo, foliis tenuius dissectis. Banist. Virg
VIOLA inodora flore purpurascente specioso, foliis ad modum digitorum incisis. Clayt. n. 254.

This species of Violet, a native of Virginia, is very rarely met with in our gardens; the figure we have given, was drawn from a plant which flowered this spring in the garden of Thomas Sykes, Esq. at Hackney, who possesses a very fine collection of plants, and of American ones in particular.

It is more remarkable for the singularity of its foliage than the beauty of its blossoms; the former exhibit a very good example of the folium pedatum of Linnæus, whence its name.

Miller, who calls it multifida from a former edition of Linnæus's Species Plantarum, says, that the flowers are not succeeded by seeds here, hence it can only be propagated by parting its roots.

89Viola Pedata
Viola Pedata
Cut-Leav'd Violet