Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pretty picture: Saintpaulias with fused petals

I believe the technical term is bell; they're not quite fused enough to be a wasp. We haven't seen this type before a few months ago; they didn't appeal to me enough to buy them (for chrissakes, I have nineteen African violets already: enough is too much), but they were interesting all the same.


I would occasionally glance over that way and wonder for a split second what these were: the shape of the flowers was just different enough to make me question whether they were even Saintpaulias.

The below pictures are slightly Barbara-Waltersed, because they were taken on the same day and close to the same time. Sorry about that.


5 comments:

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

These are very intriguing! I haven't seen such saintpaulias before (and good on ya for using their botanical name--so many people give me the LOOK because I do call them that more often than AVs.

Darla said...

Heck, I never even thought about the botanical name of AV before! Those are very pretty, and I thought having 3 of them was too many.

shibaguyz.com said...

never seen one of these with that type of petals before... very cool!

Anonymous said...

They're part of Optimara's Southern Belle series; AnnaBelle (purple) and IsaBelle (pink). I'm hoping they'll expand their color range eventually.

Of course, being Optimaras they're also rugged plants. The web site (optimara.com) says they're medium sized standards (unlike EverFloris, which get GINORMOUS).

/tmi]

Korina

lisa said...

Ooooh cool! Now I want one! :)