African violet

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African violet:

see gesneriagesneria
, common name for some members of the Gesneriaceae, a family of chiefly tropical and subtropical perennial herbs and shrubs with showy blossoms. The best-known members of the family are the African violets (most of which are hybrids of Saintpaulia ionantha
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African violet

[′af·ri·kən ′vī·ə·lət]
(botany)
Saintpaulia ionantha. A flowering plant typical of the family Gesneriaceae.

African violet

any of several tropical African plants of the genus Saintpaulia, esp S. ionantha, cultivated as house plants, with violet, white, or pink flowers and hairy leaves: family Gesneriaceae
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On a cold winter's day, even the lackluster, neglected philodendron is seen in a new light, and the little African violet blooming on a sunny windowsill garners one's attention and admiration.
BRIGHT IDEA Propagating plants such as African violets, left, and geranium (cranesbill) will help you restock you indoor and outdoor spaces.
Holtkamp, whose family has been involved with African violets since the seedlings first came to America adds, "The African violet is a really easy plant to look after and one that will bloom continuously throughout most of the year.
The researchers at the university in Gibbet Hill, Coventry, have found a way to stop the African violet pathogen in its tracks and believe the same method could be used to tackle the anthrax pathogen in people.
African violets should be repotted soon after purchase since the soil they are grown in consists almost entirely of peat moss.
QI WAS given a lovely African violet for Christmas.
The company is now 104-years old and has become the largest grower of African violets in the world.
It belongs to the family gesneriaceae which includes African violets, gloxinias and achimenes.
It shares this characteristic with cymbidium orchids, African violets and many flowering cactuses.
A SHRINKING violet might describe a timid wee soul, but when it comes to African violets, you couldn't be any more wrong.
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Mr Blundell, who became a Canon of Mityana, Uganda, spent his spare time tending his allotment or nurturing his African violets.

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