This tough beauty has luminous leaves of silver with green veins! Forms a dense, ground-hugging mat dotted with dainty lavender blooms from spring through fall. Exceptionally drought tolerant! Average, well-drained soil; 3-5" tall, 15" wide. Zones 5-8. Ships in a 3" pot. Viola walteri 'Silver Gem'. Partial to Full Shade. Deer tend to avoid.
Botanical Name: Viola walteri 'Silver Gem'
Common Name: Violet
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Shade/Partial Shade
Spread: 10 - 15"
Spacing: 8 - 12"
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
Flowering Date: Early spring, then intermittently throughout summer and into fall.
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: This little charmer will brighten any shaded spot with its pretty silver-streaked foliage and violet-blue flowers that bloom on trailing stems. Flowers appear in early spring and intermittently pop up throughout summer and into fall. This non-aggressive plant makes an excellent ground cover that will not become invasive and retains a tidy, mounded shape. Prefers moist soil, but will tolerate drought once established.
Flower Color: Violet-blue
Flower Form: Violet-like, freely formed on short stems.
Foliage Type: Small, rounded, heart-shaped, medium green with silver streaks.
Pruning: Prune to remove spent flowers and dead foliage.
Pruning Time: After flowering.
Soil Requirement: Well-drained, organically rich, moisture retentive soil.
Additional Information: Plant introduction from Mt. Cuba Center, Delaware.
Restricted States: AE AK GU HI PR
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