Streptocarpus saxorum aka False African Violet


Common names

False African Violet, Nodding Violet

How to care for False African Violet


False African Violet should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.


When growing False African Violet, it is important to pay attention to the soil type you are using. This plant is very sensitive to dry soil and needs a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil should still be well-draining and contain lots of organic matter. Coco coir or sphagnum moss are great options to provide the False African Violet with the nutrients and moisture it needs. The added organic matter will also help the soil retain water and prevent the False African Violet from drying out too quickly. Before planting, make sure to mix compost or manure into the soil for extra nutrients. Also, make sure to water the False African Violet regularly, making sure to keep the soil evenly moist but never soggy. With the correct soil and watering regimen, the False African Violet will thrive and bring lots of beauty to your home.


To ensure optimal growth, the False African Violet prefers bright diffused light for 6-8 hours each day. Insufficient light can result in slow growth and leaf drop, so it's important to find a well-lit location for this plant. Place it near a window, within a distance of 1 meter (3 feet), to enhance its potential for thriving.


Ploi's records do not contain confirmed information on the toxicity of this particular plant. In the event of accidental ingestion of plant material with questionable toxicity by you, a family member, or a pet, it is always a good idea to consult a healthcare professional.


The False African Violet is not in need of supplementary humidity. Most water is taken in by plants through their roots, thus soil watering is the most efficient way to provide humidity to your plants.


The False African Violet should be repotted either when it doubles in size or annually, whichever comes first. Providing new potting soil with all the vital nutrients annually is enough to support the growth of the plant, and thus, there is no need for fertilizer. Remember that plants derive their energy from the sun, not fertilizer.

Region of origin

False African Violet’s native range is Africa.

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