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Streptocarpus

Streptocarpus spp.

Streptocarpus Plant Features

Streptocarpus is a beautiful houseplant or spring-blooming annual flower. Related to gloxinias and African violets, it features lovely trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of white, pink, purple, and blue. The blooms rise gracefully above flat, textured green leaves. Indoors, it thrives in a bright spot and can bloom for months. Outdoors, it thrives in partial shaded spots in planters or in garden beds and borders. 

Streptocarpus Growing Instructions

Grow streptocarpus as a flowering indoor plant by keeping it in a bright spot, such as a north- or east-facing window. In Southern areas, avoid exposing the houseplant to too much direct sun in the afternoon hours. Streptocarpus also thrives under artificial lights. Water this houseplant just enough to keep the soil slightly moist, but never wet or soggy. Too much water will kill a streptocarpus. If you can grow African violets, you can grow streptocarpus -- these cousins like the same conditions. 

Outdoors, grow streptocarpus as a shade plant or in a spot that gets some morning sun and shade in the afternoon. Avoid too much sun, otherwise the leaves can get sunburned and look unsightly. Water when the soil starts to dry out. It thrives in soil that has a lot of organic matter, so adding compost or peat moss to the soil will help. Streptocarpus thrives in garden beds, borders, and planters. 


  • Light

    Indoors: Medium light
    Outside: Part sun
    Outside: Shade

  • Colors

    Blue, Pink, Purple, Variegated, White

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air


Complement your Streptocarpus with these varieties:
Alsobia
Streptocarpus and alsobia are cousins in the plant world, and can grow together beautifully.

Nerve Plant
Accent streptocarpus with the colorful variegated foliage of nerve plant.