Chirita (Chirita tamiana)

Also sold as:
Primulina tamiana

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 2 to 4 inches
Plant Spread: 2 to 6 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: With purple throat
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Year Round
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Depth to plant seed: Just below the soil surface.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Pollinators: Self
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 22, 2011 7:18 PM

Chirita tamiana is a native to North Vietnam and is a true miniature. It's foliage resembles that of its relative, the African Violet, but the blooms are more like those of Streptocarpus. Little Chirita tamiana is a fast grower, attaining a height of only about 3" and sporting dainty white flowers with a purple throat. Chirita tamiana is easy to grow from seed, as well as from leaf cuttings. It makes a wonderful terrarium plant.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Chirita by Gina1960 Jan 20, 2019 12:24 PM 5
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Genus Chirita now Primulina? by SongofJoy May 13, 2014 4:29 PM 7
My little Chirita by plantladylin Nov 13, 2013 9:32 AM 3
Grew from a small root by fixpix Oct 15, 2013 7:06 AM 9
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