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An African Violet With Variegated Leaves & Pink Flowers


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Many varieties of African violet (Saintpaulia) have pink flowers, and some varieties have variegated leaves. Relatively few have both traits. The African Violet Society of Canada shows a handful of pink-flowered and variegated standard, miniature and semi-miniature varieties on its website.

Varieties

  • Pink-flowered standard varieties with variegated leaves include "Marshlands," with double pink flowers and pink, green and white variegation, and "Champagne Halo," featuring double pink flowers and green and white leaves. "Tess," a semi-miniature has single flowers and pink, green and white leaves. "Pink Dove," a miniature has semi-double flowers and pink, green and white leaves.

Culture

  • African violets thrive in diffuse light (from an eastern rather than a southern window) and temperatures in the neighborhood of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They also require eight hours of darkness every day to stimulate the bloom cycle. Water only when the top of the soil feels dry.

Propagation

  • African violets can be propagated from leaves. Cut a medium-sized leaf plus about 1 1/2 inches of stem from an established plant and trim the stem to a 45-degree angle. Plant the stem firmly in moist vermiculite. In a month or two, new leaflets will appear.

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