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
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
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Division
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.