Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Exacum

Specie: E. affine


English Name:


Common Name:

Persian Violet, German Violet

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Gentianaceae

Name in English: The Gentiana Family

The Plant

Origin: Socotra islands of Yemen

Growth Habit: natural habitat is rocky areas, herbaceous biennial plant

Flower: small purple flowers have a yellow centre with fragrance

Blooming Period: summer

Leaf: dark green, ovate leaves


Garden , house plant

Care and Handling

Soil: rich, well-drained soil mix, 2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sand or perlite.

Amount of water: Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy.

Nutrition: fertilized every other week until they set flower buds

Special handling: High humidity. Bright light. Some direct morning sun is fine, but keep out of hot, afternoon sunlight which can scorch the plant.

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