The Main Plant entry for Cape Primroses (Streptocarpus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 70-75 degrees F
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Leaf
Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Cape Primrose
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  • Streptocarpus
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Photo Gallery
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-12-07
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2018-04-04
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-03-27

Date: July 25, 2007
Another plant stand with Misc. African Violets
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona my home
Date: 2016-10-24
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-10-27
Location: Louisville,, KY
Date: 2008-09-27
My Mothers African Violet. Probably 10 years old.

Date: 2020-03-20

Date: November 2018
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Date: April 2005

Date: November 2018

Date: November 2018
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2021-02-22

Date: June 1, 2007
African Violets with pink/white variegated foliage
Uploaded by LorettaNJ

Date: 2011-02-28

Date: 2020-03-07
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-05-17
Location: Puyallup,Washington
Date: 2013-04-21
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2012-04-01
In my home
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2014-02-22
Uploaded by rocklady
Location: My garden
Date: 2018-10-27

Date: 2011-11-12

Date: 2020-03-07

Date: 2020-03-07

Date: 2011-02-28
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-03-12

Date: 2015-01-30
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-11-09

Date: 2017-01-26
Uploaded by Paul2032

Date: 2020-03-20
Location: Pleasant Grove, utah
Date: 2012-04-11
In my collection
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2022-10-23

Date: 2018-08-23

Date: 2013-02-12
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-04-29

Date: 2018-01-17

Date: November 2018
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-03-18

Date: November 2018
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (May 2022)
Date: 2022-05-08

Date: 2013-12-17

Date: 2013-12-17

Date: 2011-10-27
Location: Van Buren, MO
Date: 2018-06-13
NoID started from leaf.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-07-31

Date: 2017-01-26

Date: 2011-11-22
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-12-07
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-12-07
Location: Fairfax, VA | October 2022
Date: 2022-10-24

Date: December 2018

Date: December 2018
Location: Lincoln NE zone 5
Date: 2014-09-26
This is  Red Alert Streptocarpus.

Date: 2020-03-20

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2014-12-03

Date: 2008-09-27

Date: 2011-11-12
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2022-11-08
Location: Bristol, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-01-06
so sweet-on our kitchen window-prolific blooms

Date: 2019-01-25
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (May 2022)
Date: 2022-05-08
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-02-18
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-12-30
A miniature whose name I've forgotten.

Date: 2015-01-27

Date: 2015-01-27
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2020-04-03
Miniature African Violet
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-11-09

Date: 2012-12-07
Location: Billings MT
Date: 2020-07-02
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2014-02-22
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-12-07
In my sunny window

Date: 2013-01-24

Date: 2013-01-24

Date: 2013-01-24

Date: 2013-01-24

Date: 2013-01-24
Uploaded by LorettaNJ
Uploaded by LorettaNJ
Uploaded by sheryl
Uploaded by GardenGuyAZ
Uploaded by HollyAnnS

Date: 2020-03-14
Location: Fairfax, VA | December 2022
Date: 2022-12-03

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2014-12-03
Location: At a local nursery

Date: 2011-11-12

Date: 2013-02-12

Date: 2019-01-25

Date: 2018-01-17

Date: November 2018

Date: 2015-01-27

Date: 2013-12-17

Date: 2015-01-27
Location: Chicago
Date: 2020-06-25

Date: 2015-11-23
Location: Laura's  garden

Date: 2020-03-07

Date: 2020-03-07
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-08-29

Date: 2014-12-05
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-11-23
Rooted from leaf
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2012-04-01
In my home

Date: 2013-01-24
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-09-23

Date: 2013-02-28
Uploaded by rocklady
Uploaded by LorettaNJ

Date: 2020-03-20

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2015-11-16

Date: 2015-11-16

Date: 2013-06-29
Miniature AVs

Date: 2011-11-12

Date: 2011-11-12

Date: 2011-11-12

Date: 2020-04-20

Date: 2019-01-25

Date: 2018-01-17

Date: 2012-11-23

Date: 2020-02-28

Date: 2019-05-21

Date: 2013-12-17

Date: 2013-12-17

Date: 2013-12-17
Location: My home, Pequea, PA 17565
Date: 2017-02-04
Miniature
Location: Nursery....Orem  Utah
Date: 2011-11-11
To many to choose from
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-04-26
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-04-26
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2017-12-17
Close up view.
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2017-12-17

Date: 2017-10-21

Date: 2017-10-21
Location: Fairfax VA
Date: August 8

Date: 2019-05-21
Location: Fairfax, VA | September 2022
Date: 2022-10-05
Location: Fairfax, VA | October 2022
Date: 2022-10-05
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2014-01-13
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-08-29

Date: 2012-12-07

Date: 2012-12-07

Date: 2012-12-07
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-10-28

Date: 2012-12-07

Date: 2014-12-05

Date: 2012-04-11
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2016-05-05
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-11-05
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-11-05
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-12-07
In my sunny window

Date: 2013-01-24

Date: 2019-07-25

Date: 2013-01-24
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-02-16
Uploaded by HollyAnnS
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2012-04-11
In my collection
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2012-04-11
In my collection
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-10-27

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-01-09

Date: 2015-01-09

Date: 2014-02-09

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01
Location: central Illinois
Date: 8-31-07

Date: 2013-06-29
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: 2014-01-15
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2019-06-05
Trailing African Violet
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Date: 2014-06
mature plant about 12" wide, grown from a sucker
Uploaded by sedumzz

Date: 2011-11-12
Location: Fairfax, VA | September 2022
Date: 2022-09-03

Date: 2011-11-12

Date: 2011-11-12

Date: 2011-11-12
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Tampa, FL
Date: 2007-02-24
Tampa African Violet Show, incorrect ID
Uploaded by sedumzz
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2008-06-20
Location: My living room
Date: 02-10-2018
First time i have an AV that is thriving.

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2012-11-23
Uploaded by phonegirl61

Date: 2013-12-17

Date: 2013-12-17

Date: 2015-01-27

Date: 2013-12-17
Location: My home, Pequea, PA 17565
Date: 2017-02-04
Miniature
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-10-26
Location: my garden 
Date: 2015-06-05
successful rooting from mother plant
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-10-26

Date: 2015-11-23
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-11-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-03-19
Location: Laura's garden
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-11-23
Location: east facing window
Date: 2014-05-09
rooted from a leaf a friend of mine gave me. Idk what they are co

Date: 2018-01-17

Date: 2018-01-17

Date: 2018-01-17

Date: 2012-12-14
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2014-08-15

Date: 2013-03-23

Date: 2013-03-23
Location: central Illinois
Date: 7-25-07

Date: 2011-12-07
In my sunny window
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-11-04

Date: February 16, 2007
Miscellaneous African Violets

Date: 2013-01-24
Location: Wiener Neustadt / Austria
Date: 2016-04-23

Date: 2013-02-28

Date: 2013-10-09

Date: 2013-01-24

Date: 2013-10-09
Uploaded by plantladylin
Uploaded by Plantomaniac08
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-26

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-02-02

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2015-12-14

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-01

Date: 2013-01-09

Date: 2014-12-03

Date: 2014-12-03

Date: 2015-11-16

Date: 2015-11-16

Date: 2015-11-16

Date: 2015-11-16

Date: 2015-11-16

Date: 2015-11-16
Uploaded by msDR

Date: 2014-12-03

Date: 2014-12-03
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-21
Location: Austria / Wiener Neustadt
Date: 2016-01-21
Uploaded by sedumzz
Uploaded by sedumzz

Date: 2015-01-10
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-03-03
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2007-05-07
Location: Living room
First time  i got an AV to reblom and get bigger.

Date: 2018-02-06
Propagating African violet from a leaf

Date: 2017-03-03
Seeds planted in early part of Dec 2016

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2012-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2012-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-08-27
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-08-27

Date: 2015-01-27
Location: Dining room table
Date: 2018-05-23
Babies coming up around mom

Date: 2015-01-27

Date: March 12th, 2013

Date: 2015-01-27

Date: 2015-01-30

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2015-11-23
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: May 2017

Date: 2016-12-08

Date: 2015-11-23

Date: 2016-12-08

Date: 2016-12-08

Date: 2013-10-09
Location: central Illinois
Date: 10-29-15
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-26
Location: Fairfax, VA | July, 2022
Date: 2022-07-26

Date: 2014-12-03

Date: 2014-12-03
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Comments:
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 24, 2012 8:50 AM concerning plant:
    Many species of the genus Streptocarpus are inhabitants of forested areas with high humidity and relatively cool temperatures. Some species occur in very moist areas surrounding waterfalls but many have also adapted to drier climates and occur in more exposed positions. Many survive in cracks between rocks in true microclimates which provide enough moisture and shade.

    In general, Streptocarpus prefer broken terrain such as steep mountain slopes and river gorges. They also often grow on steep earthen banks or on rocks and in certain instances will even grow epiphytically.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 9:23 PM concerning plant:
    "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...

  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 3:29 AM concerning plant:
    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

    "Each grower will have their own preferences for cultivation. The details given below are a tested general guide, but Streptocarpus will do quite well on either side of these optimums.

    The two main things to remember when growing Streptocarpus are that they do not like soil that is too wet, and they do not like it too hot.

    Soil: Use an ordinary commercial potting mix with 1/8 to 1/4 perlite mixed in. This makes sure the soil will retain some moisture but not get boggy. Always have adequate drainage holes at the bottom of the pot you are planting in.

    Temperature: 18°C-25°C (64.4°F-77°F). They can be taken down to 10°C (50°F) or less in winter for a rest.

    Light: Medium to bright indirect light is best. However, a bit of morning/late afternoon sun is more than OK. Even in dimmer light, they will flower - but less floriferously.

    Water: Water only once the soil is almost dry. Some grower prefer to water only when the leaves have just started to wilt (or just before). They recover very well from dehydration, and is one of the traits of the species. Make sure the pot has holes in the bottom to drain water, and never leave the pots sitting in a saucer of water.

    Feeding: Feed occasionally with a "fruit and flower" or general fertiliser.

    Seasons: Generally, Streptocarpus will flower from spring to autumn. In winter, they will stop flowering and may lose some leaves, which is normal. However, some varieties flower in winter.

    Pruning of leaves & flowers: You may slice off yellowing or browned leaves at the base - these will be the older leaves naturally dying off. If there is a healthy leaf with some blemishing, you can successfully cut off only the blemished parts and trim the leaf to a normal shape. With regards to flowers, snip off individuals as they finish, then snip the whole stem off at the base once the last flower on that stem is spent.

    Cut flowers: Streptocarpus flowers are also make excellent cut flowers, especially the long-stemmed varieties. They last well.

    Pests and diseases: Streptocarpus are generally pest and disease -free. However, the most common afflictions are aphids and mealy bug. These are easily treatable with commercial insecticides or cultural pest removal methods.

    Leaves and abscission: It is common for older leaves to die off occasionally, but especially in winter. They may be snipped off. New leaves will replace them.

    The leaves of some perennial, but usually unifoliate Streptocarpus, are unusual because, as winter approaches, they slowly die back to an abscission line (see picture gallery below) midway down the leaf. The end portion of the leaf will gradually die back to this line. In most flowering plants, an abscission line forms at the base of the leaf, and the whole leaf will fall off (e.g. the leaves of deciduous trees like oak)."

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Untitled by Paul2032 Oct 27, 2011 9:18 PM 0
What memories by lovemyhouse Nov 6, 2011 1:24 PM 3
Untitled by eclayne Feb 17, 2012 11:05 PM 2
I don't think this is Powder Keg. by 4susiesjoy Sep 12, 2022 6:56 AM 3
id? by Calif_Sue Apr 23, 2016 9:59 PM 3
Lovely! by plantladylin Mar 25, 2016 4:09 PM 3
This does not appear to be 'Annabelle' by plantladylin Feb 19, 2017 3:38 AM 1
Not Streptocarpus ionanthus subsp. ionanthus by sedumzz Oct 13, 2022 8:35 AM 1
Not S. ionanthus subsp. ionanthus (2) by sedumzz Sep 12, 2022 6:12 PM 3
Not ionannthus subsp. ionanthus (3) by sedumzz Oct 13, 2022 11:59 AM 5
Not ionanthus subsp. ionanthus (4) by sedumzz Oct 13, 2022 8:34 AM 1
Not Strep ionanthus subsp. ionanthus (5) by sedumzz Oct 13, 2022 8:35 AM 1
Not ionanthus subsp. ionanthus (6) by sedumzz Oct 13, 2022 8:33 AM 1
Not Humpty Doo, but a sport of it! by sedumzz Oct 13, 2022 8:37 AM 2
Not Streptocarpus ionanthus subsp. orbicularis by sedumzz Oct 13, 2022 8:40 AM 0
Incorrect violet by ndmpkt13 May 7, 2023 10:54 AM 1
Incorrect violet by ndmpkt13 May 7, 2023 10:54 AM 1
Incorrect violet by ndmpkt13 May 7, 2023 11:51 AM 7

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