Common Name: Streptocarpella, False African Violet, Cape Primrose
A dual purpose tropical plant being used outdoors during the summer and grows contently with your African Violets in the winter.
I grow this plant outdoors where it gets morning sun. In direct sun it will burn. Indoors it likes the same light as African Violets such as an east exposure or bright light.
Likes to be kept evenly moist. Cold water on the leaves can cause white blotches on the leaves.
well drained organic mix
Being a tropical plant it is very frost sensitive.
The flowers are found on long wiry scapes that originated at the nodes. They terminate in three to five flowers. The flower are: a narrow tube, sprays out at the end, has five lobes and comes in purple to shades of blue.
Produces a one inch long twisted seed pod.
A freely branching plant with rather succulent velvety green leaves.
A trailing plant that reaches 8 inches tall by 10 inch spread.
Kenya and Tanzania growing on rocks and cliff faces
Described in 1983 from material found on rocks by C. Holst.
The name Streptocarpella means Streptocarpus like. Streptocarpus means "twisted fruit", a referring to the slender, twisted seed capsule that the plants produce. Streptocarpella produces a twisted seed pod. Saxorum means growing in and among rocks. South Africa
This was always an easy to grow plant during the summer on the patio. Very florifice, just loaded with purple-blue flowers on the long wiry scapes.