One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small East African plant with heart-shaped velvety leaves and violet, pink, or white flowers.
Genus Saintpaulia, family Gesneriaceae: several species, in particular S. ionantha, a popular houseplant
- ‘Insects and mites occasionally damage the foliage and flowers of African violets.’
- ‘Fluorescent light gardens are similarly ideal for growing and blooming compact plants like African violets, some orchids, and many other kinds of indoor plants.’
- ‘But hairy-leaved plants, such as African violets, should just be dusted with a dry feather duster or a makeup brush every once in a while.’
- ‘Many fuzzy leafed plants, such as African violets, don't like water on their foliage because it leaves spots and can cause fungus.’
- ‘For color and interest, consider adding flowering plants, such as African violets, roses and geraniums.’
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