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Scientific Name: Saintpaulia ionantha
Pronunciation: saint-PAWL-ee-a eye-oh-NAN-tha
Common Name: African violet
Family Name: Gesneriaceae
Plant Type: Flowering pot plant
Key ID Features: Leaves fuzzy, fleshy, basal and range in colour from mid-green to purple (especially the lower surfaces); florets up to 3 cm wide, bilaterally symmetrical, on several separate cymes, most cvs. blue, purple, or pink.
Course(s): HORT 1155, HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:0.1 - 0.3m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: Africa (Tanzania)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 11: (above 4 C)
Exposure: Deep shade, Filtered shade, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Well-drained
Water Use: Low
Landscape Uses: Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google
African violet
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Leathery
Surfaces: Tomentose
Colour in Fall: Green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Orbicular
Apices: Obtuse
Bases: Cordate
Margins: Crenate

Inflorescence Type: Cyme
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Rotate/stellate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Violet, Pink, Blue, Green
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Can flower any month

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant
Bark or Stem Colour:

Propagation: Seed, Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: High indoor temperature
Light Level:Medium indoor light level
Other:Avoid direct sunlight and cold water on leaves. Fertilize moderately every 2-3 weeks. 18 - 24 C. Deadhead.
Pest Susceptibility: Leaf scorch, Mites, Thrips,
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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