Height : 9.5 cm to 22.5 cm included Origin : Africa (Tanzania) Environment : in bright shade; on dry, well-drained soil Climate : warm, dry
Notes : The Saintpaulia is also known as African Violet, but it has no genetic relation with the Common Violet flower. They grow forming a round crown of leaves. Saintpaulias are rustic plants who grow easily. It is however of primary importance to avoid any water stagnation at the roots. For this reason, the plant must be watered sparsely, and preferably from the bottom of the vase, so that the plant can choose by itself how much water it needs. Not only the roots are delicate, but the leaves also: if wet with water, they get stained, and may also rotten. In temperate areas, Saintpaulias can only live indoors.