Although the earliest cave dwellers might not have had a pot of African violets (Saintpaulia spp.) inside their stone abodes, the compact colorful flowering plant has to be one of our oldest houseplants. Whose grandmother didn’t or doesn’t have one or more of the colorful, velvety leafed beauties gracing her kitchen windowsill?
African violets, popular flowering houseplants in the Gesneriaceae family, are native to the East African nation of Tanzania. Their compact size and variety of flower colors make them a perfect houseplant for small windowsills, desks and countertops in need of a splash of color or life. Their smaller size makes African violets perfect for small spaces in apartments, dorm rooms or other small rooms or nooks.
African violets come in various shades of blue, pink, red, white and purple, and cultivars can be found in different sizes, including miniature (less than 8 inches in diameter), standard (8 to 16 inches), and large (more than 16 inches). Cultivars with trailing growth characteristics also