Saintpaulia ‘Picasso’

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  • Photographer: Ron Myhr
  • Grown by: Betty Tapping

Images copyright by the individual photographers or their institutions.

This magnificent specimen received the Best In Show award at the AVSC national show in Toronto, May 1997. Betty Tapping is an habitual winner of best-in-show and sweepstakes awards, in both African Violet and Gesneriad events. Her plants consistently show an excellence in both growing and preparation that is an inspiration to other growers.

Note the very interesting variegation in this modern cultivar. Mature foliage has a regular and itneresting white speckled variegation at the margins, and new foliage in the centre of the plant has a pink cast. The attractive soft blue flowers form a kind of boundary for these two zones of foliage — the overall effect is pleasingly abstract.