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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African violet and Christmas cactus plants lend themselves well for rooting individual leaf cuttings.
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.
With African violets, remove a young leaf with stalk and push the stalk into a pot of seed compost until the leaf rests on the surface.
African violets should be repotted soon after purchase since the soil they are grown in consists almost entirely of peat moss.
In 1946 the first show dedicated to African violets in the United States was held in Atlanta, Georgia and the African Violet Society of America was born.
So I have finally put together enough historical information and universal tips to ensure my understanding and enjoyment of successfully growing African violets in my home.
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.
Many unusual African violets and Gesneriads will be available for sale, as well as pots, soils, fertilizers, and more.
With routine feeding, bright light and warmth, African violets will flower several times a year, ranging from pink, mauve and blue to violet.
It belongs to the family gesneriaceae which includes African violets, gloxinias and achimenes.
They were studying a pathogen which attacks popular house plant African violets and found that there are similarities with the pathogen which causes Anthrax in people.

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