Streptocarpus

Streptocarpus is a large genus native to Southern Africa. There are two main divisions within the genus. Subgenus Streptocarpus is comprised of plants with typically strap-like leaves, which grow either from an irregular rosette with several leaves emerging directly from the ground, or as a single leaf, the only leaf the plant will ever produce. Subgenus Streptocarpella produces more conventional-looking plants, with stems and leaves, and flowers produced from the leaf axils.

Most of the rosette species are perennials. The unifoliate species are generally monocarpic (they die after having flowered and produced seed once), but may live for several years before flowering. The "caulescent" (stemmed) forms of subgenus Streptocarpella may be either perennial or annual.

The rosette forms of this genus have been much hybridized, and are very popular ornamental plants. In general, they prefer coolish temperatures, and will not do well during hot weather. They should be planted in a relatively open and well-drained medium that is kept evenly moist, never continuously wet. In my experience, they tolerate short periods of drought fairly well.

When I was growing these plants for show purposes, I preferred to let them dry just to the point where the ends of the leaves started to wilt slightly. If I missed by a day, and the whole plant wilted, they quickly revived after receiving water, and appeared none the worse for wear. Even a severe wilting (leaves completely limp, hanging over the edge of the pot) would not usually kill the plant, although it would result in some leaf damage. But kids, don't try this at home. . .

 

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Subgenus Streptocarpella species

Streptocarpus andohahelensis

Streptocarpus beampingaratrensis var. beampingaratrensis
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Streptocarpus caulescens
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Streptocarpus
caulescens

Streptocarpus caulescens flower (RBGE)

Streptocarpus caulescens(RBGE)

Streptocarpus caulescens variant

Streptocarpus glandulosissimus plant

Streptocarpus glandulosissimus flowers

Streptocarpus glandulosissimus in nature
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Streptocarpus hillsenbergii
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Streptocarpus inflatus

Streptocarpus inflatus plan

Streptocarpus holstii flowers (poss glandulosissimus)
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Streptocarpus kirkii (Rose)

Streptocarpus kirkii

Streptocarpus nobilis

Streptocarpus nobilis flowers

Streptocarpus pallidiflorus planting (Wisley)

Streptocarpus pallidiflorus  flowers(Bellstedt)

Streptocarpus pallidiflorus  flowers (Wisley)

Streptocarpus pallidiflorus
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Streptocarpus pallidiflorus
 
Streptocarpus papangae

Streptocarpus papangae (stem)

Streptocarpus saxorum (compact)

Streptocarpus saxorum

Streptocarpus saxorum 'Variegated'

Streptocarpus stomandrus

Streptocarpus thysanotus plant

Streptocarpus thysanotus flowers

Streptocarpus thysanotus

Streptocarpus thysanotus flowers
     
Subgenus Streptocarpella hybrids


Streptocarpus 'Concord Blue'


Streptocarpus 'Concord Blue' detail
 

 

Subgenus Streptocarpus species
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Streptocarpus baudertii
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Streptocarpus baudertii flower closeup

Streptocarpus bolusii on rock

Streptocarpus bolusii flowers

Streptocarpus bolusii plant
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Streptocarpus caeruleus
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Streptocarpus caeruleus
flowers
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Streptocarpus candidus plant (AGGS98)
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Streptocarpus candidus (Kirstenbosch)
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Streptocarpus candidus flowers (AGGS98)
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Streptocarpus candidus flower clusters (Rose)
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Streptocarpus candidus flower closeup (rose)
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Streptocarpus candidus plant (Rose)

Streptocarpus compressus

Streptocarpus confusus

Streptocarpus confusus flowers

Streptocarpus confusus ssp confusus
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Streptocarpus cooksonii

Streptocarpus cooperi

Streptocarpus cooperi (RBGE)

Streptocarpus cooperi flowers (RBGE)

Streptocarpus cooperi flowers (Rose)

Streptocarpus cooperi flowers (Stewart)

Streptocarpus cyanandrus

Streptocarpus cyanandrus (AGGS 04)

Streptocarpus cyanandrus (Toronto 2006)

Streptocarpus cyaneus

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Streptocarpus cyaneus (short blue)

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Streptocarpus cyaneus ssp. polackii


Streptocarpus cyaneus mauve

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Streptocarpus daviesii


Streptocarpus denticulatus


Streptocarpus denticulatus flowers


Streptocarpus dunnii
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Streptocarpus dunnii plant (Rose)
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Streptocarpus dunnii
flowers and leaf (Rose)
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Streptocarpus dunnii flower closeup (Rose)

Streptocarpus dunnii landscape

Streptocarpus dunnii in grass

Streptocarpus dunnii on boulders

Streptocarpus dunnii leaf

Streptocarpus dunnii flowering in boulder

Streptocarpus eylesii

Streptocarpus eylesii ssp eylesii

Streptocarpus eyelesii ssp eylesii flowers
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Streptocarpus exsertus
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Streptocarpus fanninae
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Streptocarpus fanninae flowers
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Streptocarpus fanninae rhizomes

Streptocarpus fasciatus

Streptocarpus fasciatus (RBGE)
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Streptocarpus fenestra-dei (cyaneus)
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Streptocarpus fenestra-dei (cyaneus) (Kirstenbosch)

Streptocarpus floribundus

Streptocarpus floribundus
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Streptocarpus formosus (standard)
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Streptocarpus formosus (pale form)


Streptocarpus formosus

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Streptocarpus formosus in nature
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Streptocarpus formosus colony
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Streptocarpus formosus (pale form) flower

Streptocarpus galpinii plant and flower stalk

Streptocarpus galpinii flowers

Streptocarpus galpinii


Streptocarpus gardneri atypical


Streptocarpus gardneri flowers

Streptocarpus gardneri
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Streptocarpus gardenii 2

Streptocarpus gardenii flowers
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Streptocarpus gardenii

Streptocarpus gardenii (Ingeli Mts.)
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Streptocarpus goetzii
flowers flowers flowers
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Streptocarpus goetzii plant

Streptocarpus grandis flowers

Streptocarpus grandis ssp grandis

Streptocarpus grandis

Streptocarpus grandis ssp grandis  flowers
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Streptocarpus haygarthii flowers 2
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Streptocarpus haygarthii plant (Rose)
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Streptocarpus haygarthii flowers

Streptocarpus haygarthii on tree

Streptocarpus haygarthii plant on tree
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Streptocarpus haygarthii flowers (Rose)
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Streptocarpus johannis (blue form2)


Streptocarpus johannis blue (Wisley)


Streptocarpus johannis (blue form)


Streptocarpus johannis

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Streptocarpus johannis (blue form 3)

Streptocarpus johannis blue form growing on a wall (RBGE)
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Streptocarpus johannis (wide flowers)

Streptocarpus johannis atypical flower

Streptocarpus johannis striped

Streptocarpus johannis (large flower)

Streptocarpus kentaniensis flowers

Streptocarpus kentaniensis

Streptocarpus kentaniensis blue flowers

Streptocarpus kentaniensis flower close-up
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Streptocarpus kentaniensis (2)

Streptocarpus lilliputana flower

Streptocarpus lilliputana
 
Streptocarpus meyerii flower closeup

Streptocarpus meyerii

Streptocarpus meyerii

Streptpcaris meyerii flowers (RBGE)
 
Streptocarpus michelmorei
 
Streptocarpus micranthus

Streptocarpus micranthus flowers

Streptocarpus micranthus

Streptocarpus modestus

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Streptocarpus molweniensis ssp molweniensis flower stalk

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Streptocarpus molweniensis ssp molweniensis

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Streptocarpus molweniensis ssp molweniensis (with flowers)

Streptocarpus montigena (RBGE)

Streptocarpus montigena flower  (RBGE)

Streptocarpus montigena x rexii (natural hybrid)

Streptocarpus montigena x rexii (natural hybrid)
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Streptocarpus parviflorus var. parviflorus
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Streptocarpus pentherianus in nature

Streptocarpus pentherianus

Streptocarpus pole-evansii

Streptocarpus pole-evansii flowers

 


Streptocarpus pole-evansii plant GS06


Streptocarpus pole-evansii flowers GS06
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Streptocarpus porphyrostachys

Streptocarpus polyanthus ssp comptonii

Streptocarpus polyanthus ssp polyanthus

Streptocarpus polyanthus ssp verecundus

Streptocarpus polyanthus ssp dracomontanus
 


Streptocarpus polyanthus ssp dracomontanus flowers

 
Streptocarpus porphyrostachys

Streptocarpus porphyrostachys
(Kirstenbosch) polyanthus ssp verecundus (RBGE)

Streptocarpus porphyrostachys flowers

Streptocarpus primulifolius variation

Streptocarpus primulifolius
variation
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Streptocarpus primulifolius flowers (eastern range)
 
Streptocarpus primulifolius (RBGE)

 


Streptocarpus primulifolius flowers (RBGE)

Streptocarpus primulifolius (epiphytically)

Streptocarpus primulifolius (lithophytically)

Streptocarpus primulifolius (Bulolo Gorge)


Streptocarpus primulifolius large specimen (RBGE)

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Streptocarpus prolixus mauve
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Streptocarpus prolixus on rocks
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Streptocarpus prolixus white

Streptocarpus prolixus flowers and plant

Streptocarpus pumilus
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Streptocarpus pumilus (AGGS98)
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Streptocarpus pusillus

Streptocarpus pusillus (in nature)

Streptocarpus pusillus (Mhlahlane Transkei)
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Streptocarpus rexii (on forest floor)
 

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Streptocarpus rexii (white form)

 

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Streptocarpus rexii massed on slope


Streptocarpus rexii (Mhlahlane Transkei)

 

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Streptocarpus rexii (on rock by stream)

Streptocarpus rimicola

Streptocarpus roseoalbus

Streptocarpus roseoalbus flower profile

Streptocarpus roseoalbus plant

Streptocarpus species (Swaziland)

Streptocarpus species flowers (Swaziland)

Streptocarpus species (unifoliate) (Wisley)

Streptocarpus sp nov 6 (J. Truter)

Streptocarpus sp nov 6 flowers (J. Truter)

Streptocarpus silvaticus

Streptocarpus trebeculatus

Streptocarpus trebeculatus flowers
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Streptocarpus vandeleurii
and other streps
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Streptocarpus vandeleurii plant
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Streptocarpus vandeleurii flowers
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Streptocarpus wendlandii
flowers

Streptocarpus wendlandii (Wisley)
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Streptocarpus wendlandii plants
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Streptocarpus wendlandii
leaf back

Streptocarpus wilmsii flowers

Streptocarpus wilmsii

Streptocarpus wilmsii in nature

Subgenus Streptocarpus hybrids:
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Streptocarpus 'Al's Pal' plant
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Streptocarpus 'Al's Pal' flower

Streptocarpus 'Bethan'

Streptocarpus 'Blushing Bride' AGGS02
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Streptocarpus  'Blue Mars'

Streptocarpus 'Blue Streake

Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Luv It'
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Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Luv It' (AGGS98)

Streptocarpus 'Bristol's Periwinkel'
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Streptocarpus 'Burgundy' flowers
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Streptocarpus 'Burgundy'

Streptocarpus 'By Golly'

Streptocarpus 'Chorus Line'

Streptocarpus 'Chorus Line' AGGS02

Streptocarpus 'Christmas Morning' and S. 'Marna'

Streptocarpus 'Constant Nymph'

Streptocarpus 'Crystal Ice'

Streptocarpus 'Crystal Ice' flowers

 
Streptocarpus 'Crystal Ice' (Wisley Gardens)


Streptocarpus 'Cynthia'


Streptocarpus 'Cynthia' flowers


Streptocarpus 'Dark Secret'

Streptocarpus 'Essue'

Streptocarpus 'Essue' portrait


Streptocarpus 'Falling Stars'


Streptocarpus 'Falling Stars' flowers 1


Streptocarpus 'Falling Stars' flowers 2


Streptocarpus 'Falling Stars' plant

Streptocarpus 'Firebird' AGGS02
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Streptocarpus 'Franken Kerry's Gold'

Streptocarpus 'Gator's Tail' AGGS02

Streptocarpus 'Gloria'

Streptocarpus 'Gloria' flowers

Streptocarpus 'Grape Slush'

Streptocarpus 'Hannah Ellis'

Streptocarpus 'Happy Snappy'

Streptocarpus 'Happy Snappy' flowers

Streptocarpus 'Happy Snowflake'

Streptocarpus 'Happy Snowflake' AGGS02

Streptocarpus 'Heidi'

Streptocarpus 'Heidi' flowers

Streptocarpus hybrid (kentaniensis)
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Streptocarpus  hybrid (double blue)
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Streptocarpus hybrid (fantasy flower)
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Streptocarpus hybrid (fantasy flower 2)
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Streptocarpus hybrid (fantasy flowers 3)
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Streptocarpus hybrid (fantasy flowers 4)
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Streptocarpus hybrid (johannis x candidus)
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Streptocarpus hybrid (johannis x candidus)

Streptocarpus hybrid (Rose) 1

Streptocarpus hybrid (Rose) 4

Streptocarpus hybrid (Rose) 6

Streptocarpus hybrid (Rose) 7

Streptocarpus hybrid (Rose) 8

Streptocarpus hybrids (Rose) 9

Streptocarpus hybrid (Rose - 'Texas Hot Chili' x vandeleurii)

Streptocarpus unifoliate hybrid

Streptocarpus variegated hybrid

Streptocarpus 'Inky Fingers'

Streptocarpus 'Joker'

Streptocarpus 'Joker' AGGS02

Streptocarpus 'Kim

Streptocarpus 'Kim' plant

Streptocarpus 'Largesse'

Streptopcarpus 'Laura' (Wisley)

Streptocarpus 'Lisa'

Streptocarpus 'Lynette'

Streptocarpus 'Lynette' flowers

Streptocarpus 'Mandy'

Streptocarpus 'Megan'

Streptocarpus 'Mighty Mouse'
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Streptocarpus 'Mighty Mouse' (AGGS98)

Streptocarpus 'Old Rose Wine'

Streptocarpus 'Paper Moon' AGGS02

Streptocarpus Range, Dibley's Nurseries

Streptocarpus 'Rhiannon'

Streptocarpus 'Rosebud'

Streptocarpus 'Rosebud' (closeup)'

Streptocarpus 'Ruby Anniversary

Streptocarpus 'Sandra'

Streptocarpus 'Sandra' flowers
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Streptocarpus 'Strawberry Crush' flowers
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Streptocarpus 'Strawberry Crush' plant
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Streptocarpus 'Susie'
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Streptocarpus 'Susie' flower
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Streptocarpus 'Texas Hot Chili'
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Streptocarpus 'Texas Hot Chili' flowers (AGGS98)
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Streptocarpus 'Texas  Hot Chili' plant (AGGS98)
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Streptocarpus 'Texas Fantasy'

Streptocarpus 'Thalia'


Streptocarpus 'Thunder Blue'


Streptocarpus 'Toronto'


Streptocarpus 'Turbulent Tide'


Streptocarpus 'Wiesmoor Hybrid'

Streptocarpus 'Wiesmoor Hybrid'

Streptocarpus 'Violet Showers' and sibling

 

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