Viola walteri Silver Gem


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Plant Code: VISG

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Dense groundcover of tidy heart-shaped leaves washed in silver and prominent dark veining. Leaf backs and trailing stems have lush purple tones. Violet flowers perch above and amongst the beautiful leaves from March to autumn. Native to the United States Piedmont area.

Exceptionally tolerant of dry shade conditions once established. Viola Silver Gem spreads politely to a 2 mound.


Type: Perennials, Groundcovers
Height: Short 3-5"
Spacing: Plant 10-15" apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Spring to Early Fall
Sun-Shade: Half Sun/ Half Shade to Full Shade
Zones: 5-8   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay, Acidic
Flower: Lavender
Accent: Lavender
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Groundcovers
  • OK in Containers
  • Shade Tolerant

Viola General Information

Viola are nostalgic, the flowers you remember from your grandmother's garden. Some are sweetly scented, others jump up in surprising spots and all offer glorious spring color. Delightfully happy in woodland settings in some shade or in sun with adequate moisture.

Viola Plant Care

Prefers evenly moist compost-rich soil. Can be pinched back before flowering to prevent legginess. Can be divided every 3 years in spring or fall. Shear back by 1/2 after bloom to freshen foliage. Remove seed heads to prevent prolific seeding. May benefit from watering during dry spells. Old foliage can be cut back in fall.