Viola pedatifida is a(n) perennial herb, which grows 5 cm to 25 cm in height. This species is commonly found at low to mid elevations in the cental and northern Black Hills and the Bear Lodge Mts.; meadows, clearings, and open pine forests. The leaves are bladed and palmately divided into linear or oblong segments, oval to semicircular in outline, somtime rather lax. Viola pedatifida has violet or lilac colored flowers that bloom from May to March.