Evergreen Violet, BC Coastal Region
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 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.