Cape Primrose – Streptocarpus spp. or S. X hybridus Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now Common Name: Cape Primrose Botanical Name: Streptocarpus spp. or S. X hybridus, strep-toe-KAR-pus Decorative Life: 2-4 weeks. Flower Color: Blue, Pink, Purple, White Availability: Year Round Harvest Instructions: Spraying seedlings with gibberellins (4+7) when leaves were greater than one inch long increased the number of flowers per plant (Orvos et al., 1989). Family Roots: Member of the Gesneriaceae (gesneria family). Native to Madagascar. Two very common relatives are African Violet and gloxinia. Personality: Flowers tubular, spreading to trumpet-shaped, held above foliage. Leaves fleshy, velvety. Storage Specifics: Chill sensitive, store above 55 degrees F. Tidbits: Streptocarpus: Greek for twisted-fruit. Some favorite cultivars and their respective flower colors include ‘Hera’ (maroon with white picotee) and ‘Sirius’ (purple with white picotee). Unless the seed pods are wanted, remove them before they develop for a better looking plant and possibly more flower production. Needs more light than most indoor plants.