SCIENTIFIC NAME: Streptocarpus
COMMON NAME(S): Cape primroses
FAMILY: GESNERIACEAE - African violet family
ORIGIN: South Africa, about 130 spp.
HEIGHT: Variable, generally under 1'
CHARACTERISTICS: Stem succulent or very short
LEAVES: Opposite, hairy, variable in size; some species with only one
FLOWERS: Showy, trumpet-shaped, pink, purple, blue, white, red
FLOWERING SEASON: Variable
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Quinone
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Contact eczema has been caused by these plants. Some species hold all their leaves in a basal cluster, while others have elongated stems.