Colorful African violets can be easy to grow, if you follow a few tips

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?



a man sitting in front of a window: Mike Hogan


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a vase filled with purple flowers: African violets, such as these miniatures, thrive in room temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees


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African violets, such as these miniatures, thrive in room temperatures ranging from 60 to 80 degrees

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.



a vase of flowers on a table: Miniature varieties of African Violets are perfect for small spaces.


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Miniature varieties of African Violets are perfect for small spaces.

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

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