There is no mistaking the identity of the Bird's-foot Violet. It appears later than the Meadow Violet, and its finely cut, dark green, thick-textured foliage, and large, beardless-petalled flowers are positive ear-marks of birthright. The leaf is deeply cut into from five to eleven long, narrow parts, with the longer middle ones having their ends notched with two or three rounded lobes, while the others have tapering points. When spread flat, the matured leaf is fan-shaped, and some of the divisions are grouped or separated from each other with a wider opening -a characteristic giving significance to its common name. The plant grows in a loose tuft, with its leaves spreading widely and giving it a slightly scrawly appearance. The great, handsome flower is the largest of our Violets. It varies in colour from red violet to blue violet. Some varieties have the upper petals coloured dark purple, and the lower ones of a lighter shade. Rarely white flowers are found. The stamens are orange-tipped, and set off the regal beauty of the flower with their contrast. The lower petal is slightly grooved, and has a prominent, flat spur. The upper petals are curved backward, adding greatly to the general pleasing effect of the flower. This Violet frequently blossoms again in August. It does not produce stolens. It is partial to dry fields and hillsides, from Maine and southern Ontario to Minnesota, Florida, and Missouri, during April, May and June.