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Tuesday - September 05, 2006

From: Austin , TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Non-Natives
Title: Caring for non-native African violet
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

How do you care for the African violet?

ANSWER:

Our focus and expertise at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is in plants native to the North American continent. The African violet (Saintpaulia sp.), as its name implies, is a native of Africa. You can visit the web page of the African Violet Society of America, Inc. where you will find a wealth of knowledge about caring for African violets.
 

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