Definition of African violet in US English:

African violet


  • 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

    • ‘For color and interest, consider adding flowering plants, such as African violets, roses and geraniums.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Insects and mites occasionally damage the foliage and flowers of African violets.’
    • ‘Many fuzzy leafed plants, such as African violets, don't like water on their foliage because it leaves spots and can cause fungus.’
    • ‘Fluorescent light gardens are similarly ideal for growing and blooming compact plants like African violets, some orchids, and many other kinds of indoor plants.’


African violet

/ˈæfrəkən ˈvaɪ(ə)lət//ˈafrəkən ˈvī(ə)lət/