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African violet

Saintpaulia ionantha

African violet

African violets are easy-to-grow, rewarding houseplants. They bloom well with lower light than most other blooming plants, although they will perform better with medium to bright, indirect light. All bear clusters of purple, pink, white, rose, or lavender flowers over fuzzy leaves. Flowers may be single, double, ruffled, or edged in an accent color. African violets thrive in warm conditions (65 degrees F or warmer), although newer varieties tolerate cooler conditions. Keep the soil evenly moist, and water from the bottom to prevent leaf browning from water spots.

Plant Type:
Indoor Plant
Plant Height:
2 to 8 inches tall
Plant Width:
3 to16 inches wide
Special Features:
Attractive Foliage,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

(Saintpaulia ionanatha 'Benediction') bears large ruffled lilac blossoms over scalloped green foliage.
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(Saintpaulia ionantha 'Milang Skies') has light purple ruffled flowers. Leaves have a narrow band of creamy white variegation around the edges.
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(Saintpaulia ionantha 'Ruffled Romance') lives up to its name with highly textured, flouncy pink flowers and variegated tricolor foliage with pink overtones.
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(Saintpaulia ionantha 'Taboo') has single, deep red-violet flowers and scalloped medium green leaves.
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(Saintpaulia ionantha 'Tomahawk') has cherry red blooms and deep green leaves.
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(Saintpaulia ionantha 'Vermont') blooms in rich, deep purple. Its medium green leaves have reddish petioles and undersides.
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