But that will have to wait a bit longer. I'm on the mend from my cold, but I'm still not 100%, so I wanted to get back to blogging with something easier (and shorter): my favorite plant in the garden this week. This meme is hosted by Danger Garden and you can see what caught other gardeners' eyes this week by checking the comments.
My favorite plant this week is a native of the Pacific Northwest, Viola sempervirens. This small native violet is also known as the evergreen violet, because it is evergreen (Who'd have guessed?), the yellow trailing violet (it spreads by stolons and short rhizomes), and redwood violet (though it ranges far beyond the redwoods). The best part about this plant is that, except for weeding around it, it is a true no-maintenance plant. The violet itself never needs grooming and even plants itself!
|These cheery yellow flowers light up open areas under Douglas firs and at the edges of lawns|
|This is a particularly vigorous clump, though it's only begun to spread.|
- USDA Hardiness zones 5-10 (guessing as I could not find an actual USDA hardiness zone rating)
- Native range: from Alaska to California, ranging inland to Idaho in moist coniferous forest.
- 1-3 inches tall, spread indefinite but usually sparse. Spreads by stolons and reseeds.
- Prefers part-shade but tolerates full shade and full sun in the morning. Will not tolerate hot afternoon sun in the dry PNW summers
|The slugs do munch on the flowers a little, but it doesn't slow them down much!|
|In areas where other plants provide competition, the evergreen violet spreads around, popping up through other plants wherever there is a hole. Unfortunately not a dense enough ground cover to smother weeds.|
Until next time...