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Viola Silver Gem

This spectacular groundcover is tough, drought-tolerant and will thrive in shady areas. Silver Gem’s elegant, light purple blooms are long-lasting and make a sweet statement in the late spring to fall. (Viola walteri)

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Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 3-5" tall, 10-15" wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Bloom Time: Late spring to fall
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Purple Viola Silver Gem, Viola walteri, Violet
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Common Name Violet
Botanical Name Viola walteri
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 3-5" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 10-15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to fall
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Silver
Foliage Dense mat of silver foliage.
Planting Season Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Extended Blooms
Ships to Canada No
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Viola Silver Gem’s sweet, light purple flowers will last from late spring into the fall months, creating an elegant statement in the shade garden. This tough groundcover is deep resistant and drought-tolerant, making it a versatile choice for many gardens.

Experienced gardeners have a strong love-hate relationship with violets, and it all depends on where they are planted. Of course, everybody loves the flowers. Just keep them out of your regular flower garden, and use them under trees, in front of shrubs, and other places for patches of color and borders of groundcover-like violets alone. Because they seed and spread rapidly, and if they spread throughout your other perennials, and in a year or two, you'll have a big job pulling them all out and cleaning everything up.

But just look at those flowers! Who can resist? Plant yours where you want them to spread, and you'll love them forever.

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A Lovely Shade Plant


from Sykesville, MD

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  • Beautiful leaves
  • Easy To Grow In Shade
  • Lovely Delicate Flowers


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  • Border In Shade Garden

Comments about Viola Silver Gem:

The plants arrived in healthy condition and were substantial size. They top of the leaves are lovely dark green with prominent veins. The delicate light purple flowers are long lasting and most pleasing. It was worth the wait to get these plants. At the end of the season, they are about double in size what I started with, so hopefully they will spread well. Very tolerant of full shade and drought.

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I have enjoy my violets all summer


from Williams Arizona



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        Violets are a great plant for shady areas where nothing else grows and they come back year after year

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        Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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        As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

        Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

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