Cape primrose 'Amanda' Streptocarpus 'Amanda' Dibley

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Cape primrose 'Amanda'


'Amanda' is a perennial cultivar with strappy leaves that are softly hairy and wrinkled. Rich purple-blue flowers with purple veins and a white and yellow throat are borne over a long season

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Cape Primrose, African Violet Cousin

    • Common names

      Streptocarpus 'Amanda' Dibley

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (0.3 meters)

    • Spread

      1 foot (0.3 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and beauty to indoor spaces with its attractive foliage and blooms.
    • Long Flowering Period: Typically blooms for a substantial portion of the year, providing long-lasting decor.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Space Efficiency: Compact growth habit allows it to thrive in small spaces, such as apartments or offices.
    • Adaptability: Can adjust to a variety of indoor light conditions, from filtered light to shade.
    • Humidity Tolerance: Thrives in a range of humidity levels, which is ideal for many household environments.
    • Propagation Ease: Can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, making it simple to create more plants.
    • Mood Enhancement: The presence of flowering plants like Streptocarpus can improve mood and reduce stress.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Art Subjects: Streptocarpus 'Amanda' Dibley, or Cape primrose, can be used as a subject in botanical art and illustration due to its vibrant colors and unique floral structure, making it appealing for artists and photographers.
    • Photographic Backdrops: The lush foliage and blooms of Cape primrose can create a vivid, natural backdrop for macro or close-up photography, enhancing the visual appeal of the composition.
    • Educational Models: These plants can be used in educational settings to teach botany students about plant anatomy, pollination, and the life cycle of angiosperms, as they present distinct features for study.
    • Color Inspiration: The variations in bloom color can inspire artists and designers for color palettes in everything from home decor to fashion design.
    • Crafts: Dried flowers of the Cape primrose can be used in crafting, such as in making bookmarks, greeting cards, or pressed flower arrangements.
    • Garden Design: They can be used to inform color schemes and textures in shaded garden design plans, providing a continuous bloom in a specific palette beneath canopy trees.
    • Symbolic Gifts: Given as a potted plant, Cape primrose can symbolize lasting friendship and affection, making it a thoughtful gift for special occasions outside of the usual floral choices.
    • Dioramas and Miniature Gardens: Due to their small size, Cape primrose can be incorporated into dioramas and miniature fairy gardens as colorful accents.
    • Visual Learning Tools: In classrooms, Cape primrose plants can be used to visually demonstrate the way flowering plants use color to attract pollinators.
    • Floristry Instruction: For those learning the craft of floristry, the Cape primrose presents a unique example for floral arrangements that require delicate handling and inventive display techniques.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Cape Primrose is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Cape Primrose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Streptocarpus, also known as Cape Primrose, often symbolizes resilience because it can thrive with minimal upkeep and can bounce back from neglect.
    • Persistence: The ability of Cape Primrose to bloom several times a year represents persistence and the ability to overcome obstacles.
    • Longevity: With the proper care, Streptocarpus plants can live and flower for many years, symbolizing endurance and long-lasting presence.
    • Hope: The bright and hearty flowers of the Cape Primrose can signify hope, bringing a sense of optimism to challenging situations.

Every 10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Cape Primrose requires consistent moisture, so water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Typically, this means watering every 5 to 7 days, but this can vary depending on environmental conditions. Use lukewarm water, and aim to water directly onto the soil to avoid wetting the foliage, which can encourage fungal diseases. For a potted plant, watering with approximately 8 to 16 ounces of water should be sufficient, ensuring excess water can drain freely without leaving the plant sitting in water.

  • sunLight

    Cape Primrose thrives in bright, indirect light. It's best placed in a north- or east-facing window where it will receive gentle morning light and shelter from the harsh afternoon sun. Avoid direct sunlight, especially in the peak of summer, as it can scorch the leaves and fade the blooms.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Cape Primrose prefers moderate temperatures, ideally between 60°F and 75°F. It can tolerate a minimum of about 50°F but should not be exposed to temperatures lower than this, as it could cause harm to the plant. Keep it away from drafts and sudden temperature changes to maintain a stable environment for optimal growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Cape Primrose is important to remove dead or yellowing leaves, which encourages new growth and improves air circulation. Snip these leaves off at the base, and after flowering, remove faded blooms to promote further blooming. Pruning is best done in spring or after the blooming season to shape the plant and keep it looking tidy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Cape Primrose 'Amanda' Dibley thrives in a well-draining, porous mix with equal parts peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. The ideal soil pH should be slightly acidic, around 6.0 to 6.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Cape Primrose 'Amanda' Dibley should be repotted every year to refresh the soil and provide room for growth. Repotting is typically done in spring or after flowering.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cape Primrose 'Amanda' Dibley prefers moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 50% and 60%, to thrive and bloom efficiently.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Shelter from direct sun, protect from frost.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of Streptocarpus 'Amanda', commonly known as Cape Primrose, begins with germination, occurring when the tiny dust-like seeds are exposed to warmth and moisture, typically in spring. After sprouting, the seedlings develop into rosette formations of velvety leaves, a phase that can last several years, and under ideal conditions, the rosette continually enlarges. Vegetative growth is followed by the flowering stage in late spring or early summer, where the plant produces trumpet-shaped flowers on stalks that rise from the base. The blossoming period can last several months with proper care and deadheading to encourage additional blooms. After the flowering stage, if the flowers have been pollinated, the plant may produce seed pods that, upon maturity, can be collected for propagation. Cape Primrose is a perennial plant and, with appropriate care, can go through multiple cycles of growth and reproduction over the years.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating the Cape Primrose, including the Streptocarpus 'Amanda' Dibley variety, is through leaf cuttings. This is often done in the spring or early summer when the plant's growth is most vigorous. A healthy, mature leaf is selected and cut across into sections. Each section is then placed on the surface of moist, well-draining potting mix, ensuring that the cut edge is buried just below the soil. It's important to keep the soil consistently moist but not water-logged, and in a warm environment with indirect light. Roots and new shoots will typically develop from the base of the cuttings, which can then be potted separately once they have grown sufficiently.