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PlantFiles: African Violet
Saintpaulia 'Private Dancer'

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Saintpaulia (saint-PAWL-ee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Private Dancer
Hybridized by S. Sorano; Year of Registration or Introduction: 11/09/1996

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Large Standard

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Bloom Color:
Dark Blue

Flower Characteristics:
Ruffled (frilled or wavy)

Leaf Shape/Type:

Leaf Texture:

Leaf Color:
White/Cream variegated
Pink variegated

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Patent Information:

May be propagated by cuttings (leaf, sucker, or bloom stalk)

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive leisure500 On Nov 16, 2010, leisure500 from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

Private Dancer has been one of the standout African Violet purchases from Lyndon Lyon. I got it for itís variegated foliage and really wasnít sure whether the bloom was dark violet-blue or red (although, actually, the Lyndon Lyon catalog showed the plant with a violet-blue bloom).

Anyway, my Private Dancer was a June 2007 purchase, and itís remained healthy all of this time. The foliage variegation is just fantastic. Oh, and the bloom color is a deep violet-blue which makes for a perfect complement to a beautiful plant.

Positive Plantcrazii On Feb 27, 2007, Plantcrazii from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Semidouble, dark blue pansy/light raspberry ruffled edge bloom. Variegated dark green, white, cream, and pink, plain leaves. Large type. This is a very beautiful African Violet. It is so colorful and a joy to grow and to look at.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Indianapolis, Indiana
Kittrell, North Carolina
Viola, Wisconsin

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