Streptocarpella saxorum (aka Streptocarpus saxorum)
Uses: Houseplant, patio plant, or outdoor plant (in approved tropical zones)
Benefits: Almost constant, long-lasting, dainty, lavender blue blooms throughout the year! Soft, velvety evergreen foliage! Easy to take care of!
Zones: 9 - 11 (as an outdoor perennial)
Sun: Partial sun to light shade
Life Cycle: Perennial
Mature Height: 8" - 12"
Mature Width: 12" - 15"
Bloom Season: Will bloom relatively non-stop once mature (8+ months old).
An almost constant, year-round supply of bluish-purple blooms on a plant with evergreen leaves!
Streptocarpella (commonly referred to as Cape Primrose) is a tropical plant that's best known for its practically constant eruption of flowers rising above and complimenting evergreen, soft foliage.
Known for its tendency to cascade down as it grows, Streptocarpella works great for plant stands, hanging baskets, and atop ledges.
It's the perfect houseplant and patio plant for a variety of locations. It's also a great outdoor plant when grown in an appropriate tropical zone.
Cape Primrose Care
It's suggested to give your Streptocarpella somewhere between partial sun and partial shade. Not enough light will cause growth issues. We've personally had success growing Streptocarpella in full sun, although others have noted issues such as leaf burn.
This is a tropical plant and it loves moisture! Humidifiers, misters, and pebble beds may be used to supplement humidity.
Attempt to keep its soil moist but not wet. It's also suggested that the soil be well draining.
Ideal temperature range is 70°F - 95°F. Exposure to 50°F or cooler for prolonged periods of time will cause damage such as yellowing. Although considered by some to be frost tolerant, repeated exposure to freezing temperatures and frost will kill this plant.
Streptocarpella are known to be average feeders so fertilization is suggested, especially in spring. Our slow release fertilizer is a great option.
Size of Cape Primrose for Sale Online
The Streptocarpella that we sell online will ship in a greenhouse grade grow pot. Each plant will be appropriately sized for its pot. Please contact us with any specific questions.
How Large Do Cape Primrose Grow?
Streptocarpella typically grow to a mature height of 8" to 12" and a width of around 12" to 15".
What is the Botanical Name of Streptocarpella (aka Cape Primrose)?
Its botanical name was Streptocarpus saxorum; however, botanists have recently placed it the newly created Streptocarpella sub-genus, resulting in the botanical name of Streptocarpella saxorum.
Whare are common names of Streptocarpella saxorum (Streptocarpus saxorum)?
Common names include:
- False African Violet
- Nodding Violet
- False Violet
- Cape Violet
- Cape Primrose
Toxicity and Risks of Streptocarpella
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