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Saintpaulia

Name

Discovered by Baron St Paul Illaire in the 1800s. Commonly known as African violet.

Origin

Mountainous regions of South Africa and Tanzania (especially the Usumbara mountains)

Colours

Pinks, purples, whites, and a rare yellow

Care tips

Can rot if the hairy leaves get wet. Always water into the saucer the pot is sitting in.

Facts

African violets were the UK's favourite houseplant from the time the F&PA started its consumer surveys until 2001 (when they were deposed by peace lilies and orchids.