Cape Primrose is a showy relative of the African violet. You can expect months of blooms if you keep the soil lightly moist and give it bright, indirect light year-round.
Hundreds of hybrids have been developed to offer some exciting new varieties with bigger flowers, longer blooming time, and more compact foliage. There are even some trailing and dwarf varieties. Long, deeply veined leaves grow in a rosette. Those leaves tear easily, so handle this plant carefully. If you happen to tear a leaf, don't be afraid to cut off the damaged part -- streptocarpus is very forgiving. Older leaves will shrivel and turn brown, this is normal. Cut off any old, withered leaves right away. Above the foliage, tall flower stems carry clusters of trumpet-shaped blooms in shades of purple, violet-blue, pink, red, lavender, white and bicolors. Violet-blue 'Constant Nymph' was the first popular hybrid introduced decades ago. Since then, hundreds of named hybrids have become available. 'John Innes' is also popular for growing indoors, and may be pink, pale violet or purple. Charming 'Falling Stars' is a semi-trailing variety covered with small, violet flowers.