Boea hygroscopica – Rock Violet

This is Australia’s answer to the African Violet to which it is closely related. It has the amazing characteristic that the leaves can dry down to a crunchy texture yet recover fully when watered again. Its textured leaves are an attractive feature along with the simple purple flowers that make it a beautiful indoor potted plant. The only maintenance required is the removal of any dead or dying flowers and foliage. Grow it as you would an African Violet.

Scientific Name:Boea hygroscopica
Family:Gesneriaceae
Common Name:Rock Violet
Plant Type:Ground cover, Clumping perennial
Height:0.1 ~ 0.2 metres
Width:0.1 ~ 0.3 metres
Flower Colour:Purple
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Indoor, Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Division
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor

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Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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