African violets are among the easiest to grow flowering houseplants. They bloom year-round with little effort. Choose from hundreds of varieties and forms, some with variegated foliage or ruffled or white-edged blooms. African violet likes warm conditions and filtered sunlight. Avoid getting water on the fuzzy leaves; cold water causes unsightly brown spots.
Here's a tip: It's easy to start new plants; simply cut off a leaf and root it in moist potting mix.
Why We Love It: If you have a bright window, this plant will bloom almost constantly. They're also really versatile, blooming in almost every color to match your decor. Plus, it's a sentimental, old-fashioned plant that reminds us of our grandmothers.
Name: Saintpaulia ionantha
Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 65-75 degrees F.; keep soil evenly moist
Size: To 8 inches tall and 16 inches wide