Strepocarpus - The Cape Primrose
Cape Primrose or Streptocarpus are commonly called False African Violet and are in fact related to African Violets.
Mostly hybrids of Streptocarpus saxorum and S. caulescens, they are a colorful flowering plant with large textures leaves.
Although many of the species flower as purple, the modern hybrids have a huge variety. Cape Primrose or Streptocarpus are becoming increasingly popular as a house plant.
They require similar growing conditions to African Violets and are generally grown as house plants.
Widely grown in hanging baskets, and also suitable for growing in containers, they flower from spring through summer to fall. Try a position indoors where they get good morning light.
We think they are easier to grow than the African Violets, so give Streptocarpus a try.
Many cultivars are now on the market including:
- Streptocarpus 'Blue Mars',
- Streptocarpus 'Black Panther'
- Streptocarpus 'Concord blue'.