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African Violet

Streptocarpus spp.

Also known as

Cape Primrose

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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African Violet Overview

Streptocarpus is a genus of annual, perennial and subshrub species from the tropics of Africa. This genus contains approximately 177 species in the Gesneriaceae family. Popular as cultivated houseplants, there are 100’s of varieties and cultivars available. They are commonly grown for their showy, trumpet-shaped, wrinkled and long-lived flowers and attractive foliage. The flowers closely resemble orchid blooms and come in a range of intense colours. Recent reclassification has placed African Violets within this genus, they were previously known as Saintpaulia species. African Violets are a common houseplant plant but they can also be grown outdoors in mild climates, preferring moist shady areas. Some indoor gardeners shy away from growing them because they are intimidated by African Violet care. The plants do have a few quirks, but learning about them and their proper care can be very rewarding.

Common problems with African Violet

How to propagate African Violet

Cuttings

Seed

Division

Special features of African Violet

Indoor plant

May be grown indoors.

Pot plant

Good container plants for growing in the garden or in the home as houseplants.

Other uses of African Violet

Grown for its showy flowers.