Join the RHS today and support our charitable work
Keep track of your plants with reminders & care tips – all to help you grow successfully
RHS members get reduced ticket prices
RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens
Free entry to RHS members at selected times »
Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops
020 3176 5800
Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm
Help us achieve our goals
Join the RHS today and support our charity
Streptocarpus are popular, relatively inexpensive, moderately easy-to-grow houseplants in a wide range of attractive colours which will produce flowers over several months. They are also easy-to-propagate.
Streptocarpus (Cape primrose) are easy to cultivate in a well-lit spot in the house.
African violets, formerly in their own botanical genus Saintpaulia are now included within Streptocarpus. However, their care is a little different from Cape primroses so see our page on African violets if you are growing these.
Clumps of older plants can be pulled apart and divided when they are re-potted in the spring.
Listed below is a selection from the huge range of cultivars available:
Streptocarpus ‘Harlequin Blue’: (Chelsea plant of the year 2010) The first flat-flowering bi-colour streptocarpus, with yellow on the lower petals making a striking contrast to the baby-blue upper petals. A compact plant with masses of flowers.
Streptocarpus ‘Crystal Ice’ PBR: Produces white flowers with blue veining all year round.
Streptocarpus ‘Falling Stars’ AGM: Light blue, veined flowers with a white centre.
Dibleys Nursery offer a range of both streptocarpus and African violets.
RHS Find a Plant
Leaves: most trouble is encountered with the foliage;
Flowers: these are usually trouble-free.
When it comes to pests streptocarpus can suffer from aphids, glasshouse leafhopper, mealybug, tortrix moth, tarsonemid mites, sciarid flies and vine weevil. Diseases such as botrytis and powdery mildew are also an occasional problem.
Haemanthus and Scadoxus
Houseplants holiday care
Orchids: indoor cultivation
the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9
RHS members can get exclusive individual advice from the RHS Gardening Advice team.
We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.