The Most Perfect Houseplant: Well, bless your heart!

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The Most Perfect Houseplant

By bennysplace
November 10, 2013

It may interest you to know that the literal definition of the word perfect is completion. So, when we say something is perfect, we deem it the most complete state of being that exists. This is how I feel about a certain houseplant.

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Nov 10, 2013 5:16 AM CST
Thank you for sharing your experience with this wonderful plant. I love it a lot and would love to have one, actually I would love a few. No such thing as too many blooming flowers! This plant reminds me of African Violets and my grandmother had dozens and dozens, they were in every window. Lovey dubby
Susan

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 10, 2013 8:12 AM CST
Benny: What a great article; thank you so much for sharing your experience with this wonderful plant! Thumbs up I love the Cape Violet and have grown it off and on for @ eight years now. I've never been able to keep one of the regular large Streptocarpus alive for long but this one is a real trooper! Here's a link to the database for this great little plant which is also known by the names of Streptocarpella, False African Violet and Cape Primrose:

Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus saxorum)

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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Nov 10, 2013 8:50 AM CST
I loved your article and writing style. I tip my hat to you. I have never even heard of this houseplant but now will be on the lookout!

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Orchid40
Nov 11, 2013 5:03 AM CST
What an interesting article! Thankyou so much for a very informative read. I have been growing this lovely plant as an outdoor one in hanging baskets. I love the dainty flowers on the long fine stems. Here in Australia we call them Nodding Violets. I have to be careful not to let the sun reach them, so they hang under the verandah roof. They get a bit miserable in Winter, but they recover in Spring.
You have made me realise that I must tend to mine. They need repotting probably.
Thankyou again,
Val
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Nov 11, 2013 7:46 AM CST
Nice article! I'll have to be on the lookout for this one at our local garden stores. Thumbs up
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Nov 11, 2013 7:49 AM CST
Welcome Orchid40! Welcome! Glad to see you here.

I found these on a website I recently ordered from called, 'Accents for Home and Garden' it is a mail order division for 'Pepper's Greenhouses', I emailed them and they said they would have them in February, 2014. Besides them I could not find anyone who had this plant. I am happy with Pepper's and recently added them to my Recommendations.

http://site.mawebcenters.com/accentsforhomeandgarden_1/catal...

Susan

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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Nov 11, 2013 7:52 AM CST
Thanks Susan, I'll bookmark them also. Hurray!
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Nov 11, 2013 9:16 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Susan

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 11, 2013 10:11 AM CST
Our Wal-Mart garden centers carried 10" baskets of the Streptocarpella this summer. I don't know anything about the company below but found them when googling and they carry dark blue, light blue, white and the one with the variegated foliage:

http://www.taylorgreenhouses.com/streptpcarpella.html
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Nov 11, 2013 10:18 AM CST
Well I sure will look next summer. Thanks for the link! Thumbs up
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Nov 11, 2013 10:39 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. It's really a great plant and as Benny shows in his wonderful article, an easy one to grow! I've heard some folks grow them as annuals and figured that's why Wal-Mart was selling them here. They would not survive winter in ground in this part of Florida.
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Nov 11, 2013 11:30 AM CST
I wanted a couple as house plants. Green Grin!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Nov 11, 2013 11:40 AM CST
Me too! Hurray!
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quietyard
Nov 11, 2013 5:02 PM CST
Hi Benny ! Big Grin

So nice to hear from you again. I was not familiar with this plant but would like to get to know one ! Hilarious!

So great to hear you are once again in a house with a yard so you can do a bit of gardening !! Please post photos and keep in touch here. I so enjoyed your Tucson garden as you told us about it. I'm all ears!
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Name: Benny Hill
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bennysplace
Nov 16, 2013 10:03 AM CST
Well hello everyone! First, I would like to offer my most sincere apologies for the belated response to all these wonderful notes. I did not realize that this article got published and now that it has I am so happy with all the kind and thoughtful replies. THANK YOU!

To virginiarose or to anyone else interested in getting this plant, I will VERY happily root some cuttings for you. I now have three large specimens of this beautiful plant and though I pruned not so long ago, I can see an opportunity for another trim. I will get a bunch of them started and those that want one, send me a note and I will work on getting you one. Bear in mind though that this may not be until spring as I would hate to have your plant die due to freezing. This will give each plant I start plenty of time to develop a healthy root system and then come spring, I will mail them out to all that want them. Smiling Here is to yet another reason to look forward to spring!

I was just downstairs opening all the blinds as part of my morning ritual and noticed the start I placed in the same pot containing a scented geranium has started to bloom. The friendly purple flowers were poking out and made me smile as you all make me smile. Your compliments and words mean so much to me and I love that so many not only read the article but also enjoyed it.

Thank you again and I wish you all the best of everything.

Blessings,
Benny
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Nov 16, 2013 5:23 PM CST
Thanks so much Benny! I would love a cutting, just let me know when it is ready and I can send you some money for postage. I tip my hat to you.

Love your picture you are good photographer also!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Nov 18, 2013 9:49 AM CST
I would also love one Benny! Spring would work best for me as it's pretty cold already to ship anything here. I'm happy to pay for the start and postage. Thank you so much for the generous offer!
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Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
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bennysplace
Nov 18, 2013 11:13 AM CST
Hi there!

I have set a reminder on my calendar to get in touch with the both of you in April. I have started a couple each for you. :)

It is an absolutely a pleasure. I love sharing.

Wishing everyone the very best.

@Virginiarose, thank you kindly for the compliment on my photos. It is one thing that goes hand in hand with my gardening. I grow a lot of plants and flowers with the thought of taking their photo later. :)

Blessings,
Benny
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Nov 18, 2013 12:10 PM CST
Me too Benny, love those Kodak moments!!

Thank you again for your kindness and blessings to you also.

susan
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Nov 20, 2013 3:09 PM CST
Sounds great Benny. Thank you so very much!
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