Viola striata (Striped White Violet) - Qt Super Plug$8.95
Striped White Violet is a tall, free-flowering clump forming native violet that makes an excellent groundcover for shade. The plants will grow to 6-12 inches tall in rich, moist soil, and up to 6 inches tall in drier soils.
This violet has a longer bloom time than most other native violets; since it is a stemmed violet (Leaves and flowers grow from stems instead of directly off the root), new flowers are produced as the plants develop in the growing season. The flower color is a very nice white, with bluish stripes on the bottom petal.
Ranging from Wisconsin to New York, south to Arkansas, Alabama and South Carolina, Striped Violet is a common component of moist deciduous forests, forming large patches along creeks and in valleys.
Striped White Violet doesn't spread by runners like some violets, but it does freely self-seed in the garden, though much less than common violet (V. soraria). It quickly colonizes blank spots in the garden, preventing weeds from gaining a foothold. In this way, it makes for an excellent component for minimal-maintenance lanscapes in forested areas.
Because it is a good nectar and pollen source, and because it is a larval host plant, Striped White Violet is a great plant to include in habitat gardens and conservation plantings. Rabbits will eat the leaves to a certain extent, but it isn't a preferred food source for them.
How to Grow Striped White Violet
Striped White Violet is a very easy-to-grow, easy-to-please native wildflower. The plants persist all season long, going dormant in the fall; as long as the soil remains relatively moist, this violet holds up well over the summer.
Plant Striped Violet 9 inches apart in loose, rich woodland soil for best effect. If you start with 5-10 plants, within a few years you'll have hundreds to go around.
We currently provide Striped Violet in 1-Quart SuperPlugs - These will establish quickly and fill out as a groundcover within 1 growing season.