Saintpaulia

Botanical Name: Saintpaulia

Phonetic: Saint-PAUL-ee-uh

Common Name(s): African Violet

Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: Tanzania
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Persistence: Evergreen

Leaf Type: Simple
Number of Leaflets:
Leaf Color: Dark green, thick, hairy
Fall Color: –
Texture: Medium
Density: Medium
Bloom Season: Flowers freely
Flower Color(s): Blue, Pink, purple, white

Exposure: Part shade to full shade, east or north facing windows are ok
USDA: 11-12
Climate Zone(s): 
Growth Rate:               
Height: 0.50-0.75 Feet
Spread: 0.50-0.75 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium
Pest/Diseases: Excessive watering is major problem which can lead to root rot or crown rot, botrytis, powdery mildew, cyclamen mites, mealybugs, aphids, thrips
Soil: Porous to allow water to pass, pasteurized soilless mixes, 3 parts sphagnum peat moss, 2 parts vermiculite, 1 part perlite with some lime added

Features: Very satisfactory houseplant, low compact plant, attractive foliage
Uses: Indoor plant, pot plant in homes and offices

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