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African Violet

Common Name

African Violet

Botanical Name

Saintpaulia ionantha


Modern varieties are bred from species originating from eastern tropical Africa.

Season Availability

All year round


Compact plant with dark green fleshy leaves with clusters of waxy five-petalled flowers. African Violet is a bright and popular indoor plant.


White, Pink, Purple, Blue and some bi-colours.

Growing Conditions

African Violets need good light to flower indoors. Place pot about 30cm from a north or east window or under a skylight. Ideal growing temperature range is 18-24°C.

Care Instructions

Water plants by placing pot in a shallow bowl of water for 1 hour. This is required weekly in summer and fortnightly in winter. Avoid wetting the leaves or flowers. Feed with a soluble plant food once a month during warm weather.