The Confederate, or Common, Violet makes a nice shady ground cover.

Confederate Violet (Viola sororia) is a herbaceous perennial ground cover featuring unscented bright white violets with striking lavender throats and deep purple lines on the petals petals from March through June. Each flower has a leafless stalk up to 4 inches long. Otherwise, the foliage is green year 'round producing dense clusters of 1"-3" heart shaped glossy leaves growing 4-8" tall. It tolerates average, but moist, well drained soil and grows equally well in sun or part shade, self-sows and tolerates mowing; can be invasive. As a group, violets are food plants for the caterpillars of several Fritillary butterflies. Its native range is eastern North America from Canada to Mexico.

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