Flower Tips: The Basics On The Beautiful Violet

Mickey | Patio and Garden | Friday, February 25th, 2011

Violets are a kind of perennial plant and belongs to the family of Gesneriaceae. This flower receives other common names, such as African violet, Saintpaulia, and Usambara violet, as well as its scientific name is Saintpaulia sp.

Violets are native to eastern Africa, more precisely they are found most commonly in the mountains of Usumbara and Burundi. Violets were introduced to Europe in 1893, thanks to the Baron Walter von Saint Paul. At present, the distribution of violets occurs throughout the moderately temperate regions of North America, Asia and Europe, but can also be found in much colder areas such as Canada and Iceland.

Violets are distributed in more than 500 different species, to which must be added the large number of hybrids, which is close to 2000 varieties. Among this large group can be found: single flowers, semi-double or double, and miniature varieties that can barely reach up to 5 centimeters.

The flowers of violets can be presented in purple or violet, white, yellow, pink, red, crimson red, blue, mauve, and lilac. These flowers may also display a single color or two different colors within the same plant. Violet flowers are composed of 5 petals, each with a rounded shape, accompanied by anthers and yellow stamens. The purple foliage is accompanied by rounded leaves, and are fleshy and velvety to the touch, and have flexible stalks.

If you want to have one of these beautiful floral displays in your home, should take into account issues such as:

  • Violets should be planted in a soil with good moisture, but should not be over watered. Over watering can cause the roots to decompose and the plant will die.
  • With the arrival of summer weather the plant should be monitored to maintain proper humidity, especially in the growing season.
  • During colder weather the plant should be carefully protected from strong wind drafts to reduce the risk of frost or freezing.
  • Violets are sensitive to many different types of pollution. Do not expose your plant to smoke or other pollutants.
  • Violets should be positioned in a place with semi-shade or bright light, but must never be exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

If you have more questions about the beautiful Saintpaulia sp, contact a Beaverton florists or a Ft Worth florist.

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