|11.12.2011The African violet, known botanically as Saintpaulia, is|
one of the most popular flowering houseplants. African
violets are easy to grow for the beginning gardener, yet
offer a wide range of cultivars to satisfy the serious
grower. African violets adapt well to typical growing
conditions found in the home.The genus is named after Baron Walter von Saint Paul-Illaire (1860–1910), the district commissioner of Tanga province who discovered the plant in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in Africa in 1892 and sent seeds back to his father, an amateur botanist in Germany.