Photo of African Violet (Saintpaulia 'Optimara Rita'): Error in name! This is Rita, very similar, but not the same.

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Name: Linnea
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Linneaj
Dec 14, 2015 7:23 PM CST
I will have to get the name changed to Rita.
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Name: Zuzu
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Dec 14, 2015 7:38 PM CST

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I can move this to the correct entry. We don't have one for Rita, but we do have Optimara Rita. Is that it?

African Violet (Saintpaulia 'Optimara Rita')
Name: Linnea
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Linneaj
Dec 18, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Yes. Thank you!
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Name: Linnea
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Linneaj
Dec 18, 2015 7:18 PM CST
Actually, both are Rhapsodie. Both Rhapsodies are Optimara. If you go to [url=www.myviolet.com]www.myviolet.com[/url] , many of Optimara's AVs are listed.
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Name: Zuzu
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Dec 18, 2015 7:20 PM CST

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I found pictures of both on this Optimara Web page. They certainly look alike.

http://www.optimara.info/bi-color_red.htm
Name: Zuzu
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Dec 18, 2015 8:03 PM CST

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It's very confusing. MyViolet.com lists both as part of the Rhapsodie series. Optimara says Anika is part of the Rhapsodie series, but not Optimara Rita, and it lists the name as "Optimara Rita," whereas Anika is just "Anika," without the Optimara. So, in our database, we have listings for some African Violets with cultivar names starting with "Optimara," some with cultivar names starting with "Rhapsodie," and some with "Rhapsodie" listed as the series, but not as part of the cultivar name. There might be some duplicates in the bunch, and it would be better if there were some uniformity in the cultivar names.
Name: Linnea
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Linneaj
Dec 21, 2015 9:30 AM CST
There are other Optimara sites too, like this one: http://www.optimara.com/optimarafieldguide/violetsbyseries/r... or just the field guide: http://www.optimara.com/optimarafieldguide/

Lowe's and Home Depot sell Optimara's as well as Woodhill Greenhouses out of Canada: woodhillgreenhouses.com

Many of my Optimaras are from leaves. Rita blooms her little heart out. And the blooms change colors! sometimes they are almost white, pink, maroon, thumb print or striped! Today they are light pink and fuchsia chimera.

I have a new crop of leaves from a gal in Texas. I can send pics as soon as I get a bloom. Smiling
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