A true blue african violet. My Mom grows these and constantly teases me about my unfruitful attempts. So what do I do? I borrow hers, paint them, and give them back before they dry up. This way, I always have them here, (unless it sells)!
Some history on one of our most popular house plants, the African violet:
In 1892 Baron Walter von Saint Paul found the purple flowered plants in
the Usambara Mountains in what is now known as Tanzania.
Seeds from the plants were sent to his father in Germany who took a keen interest in the plants.
Later, seeds were given to Hermann Wendland of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hanover, Germany.
The plants were classified in the Family Gesneriaceae. Which has a lot of other great house plants!
The plants were given the generic name of "Saintpaulia" in honor of the von Saint Paul family.
In 1893 the first commercially produced plants were offered by Friedrich Benary in Erfurt, Germany.
The American history of the African violet began in 1926 when Armacost and Royston of West Los Angeles, California imported seeds from Germany and England.
Armacost and Royston used the resulting plants to develop ten new hybrid African violets.
The original ten selected for release included Blue Boy, Sailor Boy, Admiral, Amethyst, Commodore, Mermaid Neptune, Norseman, Viking, and #32.
Because of the tendency of saintpaulia hybrids to "sport" or mutate, many new characteristics have been introduced to African violet growers.
Some of the most important mutations include: girl foliage, variegated foliage, pink blossoms, and double blossoms.
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Art work information:
Title: African Violet, Blue
Size: 9" X 12" oils on panel.
An original, one-of-a-kind by hand created oil painting.
This painting ships from Lynchburg, Virginia. 24502
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