The Main Plant entry for African Violets (Saintpaulia)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Other: Will bloom continually if given 12 hours of daily light.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-10-27
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Location: Pleasant Grove, utahDate: 2012-04-11In my collection
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Location: Van Buren, MODate: 2018-06-13NoID started from leaf.
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Location: Nursery....Orem  UtahDate: 2011-11-11To many to choose from
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-12-07In my sunny window
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Location: my garden Date: 2016-11-23Rooted from leaf
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 7-25-07
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Location: east facing windowDate: 2014-05-09rooted from a leaf a friend of mine gave me. Idk what they are co
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-11-04
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Location: Austria / Wiener NeustadtDate: 2016-01-21
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Date: 2017-03-03Seeds planted in early part of Dec 2016
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Date: 2018-02-06Propagating African violet from a leaf
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Location: My living roomDate: 02-10-2018First time i have an AV that is thriving.
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Location: Living roomFirst time  i got an AV to reblom and get bigger.
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Location: Dining room tableDate: 2018-05-23Babies coming up around mom
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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 9:23 PM

"Saintpaulia, commonly known as African violets, are a genus of 6–20 species of herbaceous perennial flowering plants in the family Gesneriaceae, native to Tanzania and adjacent southeastern Kenya in eastern tropical Africa. Typically the African violet is a common household indoor plant but can also be an outdoor plant. Several of the species and subspecies are endangered, and many more are threatened, due to their native cloud forest habitats being cleared for agriculture.

The plants get their common name "African violet" from their superficial resemblance to true violets (Viola, family Violaceae).

The genus is named after Baron Walter von Saint Paul-Illaire (1860–1910), the district commissioner of Tanga province who discovered the plant in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in Africa in 1892 and sent seeds back to his father, an amateur botanist in Germany. Two British plant enthusiasts, Sir John Kirk and Reverend W.E. Taylor, had earlier collected and submitted specimens to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 1884 and 1887 respectively, but the quality of specimens was insufficient to permit scientific description at that time. The genus Saintpaulia, and original species S. ionantha, were scientifically described by H. Wendland in 1893."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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