Scientific name: Saintpaulia ‘Optimara Hiroshige’
Common names: African violet
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 Society cautions against trying to ID violets from pictures though, so we’ll have to consider ourselves warned! Whatever it is—it does look identical to their pictures of Hiroshige—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.