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Boea hygroscopica (Rock Violet)

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Plant description

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This is Australia's answer to the African Violet to which it is closely related. It has the amazing characteristic that the leaves can dry down to a crunchy texture yet recover fully when watered again. Its textured leaves are an attractive feature alonng with the simple purple flowers that make it a beautiful indoor potted plant. The only maintenance required is the removal of any dead or dying flowers and foliage. Grow it as you would an African Violet.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: purple
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.15 metres
Minimum height: 0.1 metres

Maximum width: 0.15 metres
Minimum width: 0.1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: well-drained.

Clay: not suitable.

Sand: well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: General purpose.

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