Evergreen Violet

Evergreen Violet, Vancouver Island, BC
Evergreen Violet, Vancouver Island, BC, Photo By Bud Logan

The Evergreen Violet is a low, trailing plant that puts down roots along the extending stems just like strawberries do. Leaves are small, almost round, and deep, dull green. Bright yellow flowers rise up to 5 cm above the leaves. Stems creep across the ground, rooting as they go, producing mats of thick, leathery, broadly heart-shaped leaves, and beautiful little yellow flowers that face outward, hanging on short stalks barely as tall as the leaves.

The plant is a fairly common wildflower within the old-growth forests of coastal BC, lining many of the Coastal trails. The mats of leaves persist throughout the winter, hence its name.

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