African violets are perhaps the most popular flowering houseplants grown in the world today. There are many reasons for this:

  • The plants generally flower the year round, giving an almost continuous display of blooms.
  • They require the same temperatures humans find comfortable, making them easy to raise in our homes.
  • African violets do not require constant care and repotting, but they do thrive when given modest amounts of attention.
  • New plants are easily raised from leaf cuttings, making them readily available to exchange with friends and neighbors.
  • African violets are available in a wide range of colors, sizes and types, making them appealing to the eye and to the collector.

In short, few plants have so many positive characteristics for a successful partnership with humans; fewer still have enjoyed the African violet’s immense popularity and success.


Saintpaulia ‘Optimara Annabelle’ is one of the many easy-to-grow cultivars produced and widely distributed by Optimara.