Viola walteri, commonly known as Walter's violet or prostrate blue violet, is a species of flowering plant in the Violet family.

This species is native to the eastern United States, where it thrives in a range of habitats, including moist, well-drained soils in woodland areas and along stream banks.

It has a distinctive growth habit compared to other violets, often spreading across the ground with prostrate stems that root at the nodes, creating a mat-like appearance.

The flowers are typically small and delicate, featuring pale blue to violet petals with darker veins, which add a detailed texture to the bloom.

They usually appear in the early spring, providing one of the first splashes of color in the woodland understory after the winter season.

The plant also exhibits a high degree of variability in leaf shape, ranging from broad to narrowly ovate.

This adaptability, combined with its charming appearance, makes Walter’s violet a favored species among gardeners and naturalists alike, who appreciate its resilience and the subtle beauty it adds to shady garden spots.

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