Fun Flower Facts: African Violet

african violetChances are you have heard of the African violet. It is a common houseplant found on windowsills worldwide.

African violets(saintpaulia) are known for their pretty little flowers with yellow centers. Despite their name, the African violet doesn’t belong to the  violet family, the Violaceae. It actually belongs to the Gesneriaceae family, which includes other flowering houseplants like cape primrose. The plant is native to tropical rainforests in Tanzania, Africa.

African violets can grow to 2 to 6 inches in height and about 6-12 inches wide. The plant produces clusters of violet, purple, pale blue, white or bi-coloured flowers with hairy leaves.

Growing Conditions:

  • They can survive low light situations, but do best in bright, but indirect sunlight. Place near a sunny, east window.
  • Keep soil moist, but not soggy. Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid getting the leaves wet, as it can cause permanent spotting.
  • Like other houseplants, keep plant away from drafts.
  • African violets are native to tropical rain forests in Africa, they do best in humid environments. Place a humidifier or bowl of water near by to increase humidity.

Reasons to grow African violets:

  • One of the easiest houseplant to grow! Perfect for beginners!
  • Unlike many houseplants, African violets are non-toxic for cats and dogs. A great houseplant for pet owners.
  • It can tolerate low-light environments and can survive under artificial lights.
  • Long lasting flowers and blooms frequently for year round colour and beauty.
  • Easy to propagate to share with others; they can be propagated through a single rooted leaf!

Fun Flower Facts about the African Violet:

  • The scientific name Saintpaulia was named after Baron Walter von Saint Paul, the man who discovered the plant in 1892.
  • One of the most popular houseplants in the world.
  • In many cultures, the African violet is a traditional gift given to mothers for Mother’s Day.
  • As abundant as they are as cultivated plants, several of the native species are considered endangered or threatened, due to deforestation.
  • The hairs on the leaves helps the African violet absorb water from the air.

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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13 Responses to Fun Flower Facts: African Violet

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  4. cool girl says:

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  13. If you’ve just bought an African Violet, you may want to repot it as soon as possible. The African Violet Society of America warns that the potting mix most commercially sold violets are grown in, which consists primarily of peat moss, can easily drown your plant in water. These prepared mixes have been sprayed with a chemical that causes the peat moss to absorb water, and then release it slowly to the plant. The problem is that the chemical only lasts three to six months, and once it loses its effectiveness the peat moss will tend to either hold too much water or none at all. So if you don’t want to lose your African Violet after six months, repot it to save it from drowning.


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