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What is this To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’.

Silver Gem Viola

 

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An attractive native groundcover, 'Silver Gem' Viola is tough, tolerant of dry soils, and thrives in shady areas. Delicate, light-purple blooms are long-lasting atop silver-green, heart-shaped leaves with dark veins. Forming a dense mat over time, 'Silver Gem' makes a sweet statement from late spring through fall. (Viola walteri)

Zones 5 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Groundcover
Groundcover
Native
Native
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 3-5" tall, 10-15" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to fall
Size Plant - 3.5" pot
SKU AFLGW21

Plant Information

3-5" tall x 10-15" wide. 'Silver Gem' Viola'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 deer 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.

Associated SKUs
ABLGWXX
AFLGW21 (Plant - 3.5" pot)
6VIOLA (Plant - 2.5" pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Violet Silver Gem
Botanical Name Viola walteri Silver Gem
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
Growth Rate Fast
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.
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Tolerates Dry Sites
Advantages Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Native, Extended Blooms, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

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. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and 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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5.0

Delightful Little Shade Plant

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from Sykesville, Maryland

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Viola Silver Gem:

    This is the most delightful little shade plant. I have had it now for 2 years and enjoy the beautiful leaves with red undersides and the lovely little purple flowers in the spring. So far it seems like a well behaved plant, spreading slowly and staying in a nice mound. It needs little care, just some watering once a week after it is established. Mine are in full shade and doing well.

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    • Personal

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    5.0

    A Lovely Shade Plant

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    from Sykesville, MD

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • So far none

    Best Uses

    • Border In Shade Garden

    Comments about American Meadows 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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I have enjoy my violets all summer

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    from Williams Arizona

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    Comments about American Meadows Viola Silver Gem:

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

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    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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