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.

Family:Gesneriaceae
Scientific Name:Boea hygroscopica
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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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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