Exacum affine

German Violet, Persian Violet

Florists sell them as German, Persian or Arabian Violets. Their fragrant, densely-packed purple, blue or white flowers with prominent yellow stamens bloom from summer into fall. Exacum trinervium macranthum produces the largest flowers, up to 2 inches, with pointed petals of rich purple-blue. Grow outdoors year-round only in the humid tropics and subtropics. In cooler zones, plant summer annuals in beds and borders after the last frost. Three to 5 plants massed in a 6-inch pot make a delightful living bouquet for a deck or sunny window garden. Need plenty of light, with shade from intense midday sun, and fertile, well-drained soil. Best with temperatures above 50º F. Feed potted plants with very diluted fertilizer for long blooming. Seeds sprout in 2 to 3 weeks. Keep seedlings in partial shade. Seeds sown in late summer produce the largest plants. Seeds sown January through March, the smallest. Subject to damping-off, stem gall and canker, and Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV), formerly Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus.
Exacum affine, German Violet, Persian Violet
Small, golden-eyed flowers bloom in sky blue, lilac, or rich purple. Found on stream banks from Eastern Africa to India.

Attributes - Exacum affine

Plant Type: Annual

Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Late Summer

Flower Color: Blue, Magenta, Purple

Height: 1 ft. 6 in. to 2 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Partial Sun, Shade

Notes: Container Plants, Fragrant, Showy Flowers.

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