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Saintpaulia ‘Optimara Hiroshige’

African Violet Hiroshige

Scientific name: Saintpaulia ‘Optimara Hiroshige’

Common names: African violet

Family: Gesneriaceae

Nativity: Eastern tropical Africa

Location: Houseplant at Oakleaf Woods

Date: November 17, 2015

Notes: This African violet is one of my absolute favorites. Because Optimara does not tag their plants with cultivar name, I made a guess from their list of what was available when I bought mine. The African Violet Societyย cautions against trying to ID violets from pictures though, so we’ll have to consider ourselves warned! Whatever it isโ€”it does look identical to their pictures of Hiroshigeโ€”I love it! The two-toned flowers and the petal shape are so delicate and beautiful. I’m only recently getting more serious about AV growing, so I don’t know how typical it is, but Hiroshige has bloomed about twice a year for me.

Hiroshige is named for the Japanese woodcut artist, Utagawa Hiroshige, and is part of Optimara’s Artist Palette series.

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