Persian violet is not yet often found in home collections because of its tenderness and grace. The advantages of the plant include its compactness and the very bright colors of the anthers, but there is also a disadvantage - a short lifespan, only 1-2 years.
Exacum affine, known as the Persian violet, belongs to the primrose family and comes, as the name implies, from Persia in the Middle East. Its distribution also covers the Alps of Europe. Rocky areas are their natural habitat. It is a small herbaceous biennial plant with dark green, ovate leaves and small violet flowers with the center that releases fragrance.