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Haberlea rhodopensis

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Haberlea (ha-BUR-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: rhodopensis (roh-doh-PEN-sis) (Info)


Alpines and Rock Gardens



under 6 in. (15 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer





Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From leaf cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 4, 2008, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

Hardy in zone 3; Calgary, Alberta.


On Jan 18, 2007, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

If you are aching to grow this plant on a budget, following are some excellent seed propagation guidelines for the adventurous:


1) Tom Cothier method - Sow at 20*C (68*F); if no germination in 3 - 4 wks, move to -4*C to +4*C (24*F - 39*F) for 2 - 4 wks. Small seed, do not cover

2) from 2nd edition of Norman C. Deno's book, Seed Germination Theory and Practice: (The following is a shortened paraphrase, heavy with quotes, from Deno's book, p. 55 - 57. There is much more useful information in that chapter, not to mention the rest of the book - extremely worthwhile to acquire).

Because the roots of Haberlea rhodopensis are fatally susceptible to drying out, due to their tiny size, the pot they are sown in ... read more


On Apr 4, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This hardy member of the African Violet family is native to Greece. It can take to zone 5 if the crown is kept dry in the winter. They need well-drained soil and are best grown vertically in a stone wall. The flowers are like a tubular African Violet in shades of pink or purple-lavender. Lovely plant for an alpine house as well.