Viola walteri 'Silver Gem' Violet



Viola walteri 'Silver Gem' has trailing stems of heart-shaped silver leaves that form dense low mats. It is jeweled with dainty violet blooms from spring to fall. Viola 'Silver Gem' is evergreen and makes a nice spreading ground cover that is not aggressive.

Viola walteri also known as Prostrate Blue Violet is native from Texas eastward to Florida and north to Virginia and Ohio. It is typically found in deciduous woodlands, usually in moist areas, often with Mayapple and Trillium. It is common in the Appalachians.

Viola walteri 'Silver Gem' prefers partial shade and moist, organic-rich soil. It is exceptionally drought tolerant once established.


  • Common Names: Appalachian Violet
  • Zones: 5-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 3-5
  • Width at Maturity: 10-15
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Midspring to early fall

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits. Drought.
  • Other Features: Evergreen. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

Spring 2023 Shipping Schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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