Cape Primrose Streptocarpus 'Gwen'

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


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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Cape Primrose, False African Violet

    • Common names

      Streptocarpus 'Gwen'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Cape primrose, including the variety 'Gwen,' is considered non-toxic to humans. There is no record of significant toxic effects from ingesting the plant. However, as with any non-edible plant, ingestion of large quantities may potentially cause mild stomach upset or an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.

    • To pets

      Cape primrose is also considered non-toxic to pets such as cats and dogs. It is unlikely to pose a significant risk if ingested. Ingestion might occasionally lead to mild gastrointestinal upset, but severe toxicity is not expected. Nonetheless, it is generally advisable to prevent pets from eating houseplants to avoid any potential issues.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to care for - Streptocarpus 'Gwen' is a low-maintenance plant that adapts well to indoor environments.
    • Long flowering period - It can bloom for several months with proper care, adding color to indoor spaces for an extended time.
    • Aesthetic appeal - Its vibrant flowers and attractive foliage enhance the beauty of any room.
    • Variety of colors - Comes in various colors, allowing for personalization of decor.
    • Space efficiency - Its compact size makes it suitable for smaller spaces such as apartments and offices.
    • Non-toxic - Safe for households with pets and children, as it is not known to be toxic.

  • 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

    • Photographic Subject: Due to their attractive flowers, Cape Primrose can serve as stunning subjects for photographers, especially those specializing in macro photography.
    • Education and Research: Cape Primrose varieties like 'Gwen' are often used in botanical studies to educate students on hybridization and plant genetics.
    • Art Inspiration: The vibrant colors and patterns of Cape Primrose blooms can inspire artists and be used as a model for paintings and botanical illustrations.
    • Collectible Item: Plant enthusiasts often collect different varieties of Cape Primrose, including 'Gwen', for the joy of cultivating rare and unique plants.
    • Gift Plant: With its attractive flowers, Cape Primrose can be given as a living gift for occasions such as Mother’s Day or birthdays.
    • Fairy Gardens: These small-scale plants can add color and intrigue to miniature fairy gardens designed by garden enthusiasts and hobbyists.
    • Competitive Shows: Cape Primrose can be grown for plant competitions and horticultural shows, where gardeners seek to win awards for their specimens.
    • Color Therapy: The bright and varied hues of Cape Primrose flowers can be used in color therapy practices to create spaces that offer visual relaxation.
    • Garden Design: Cape Primrose plants can be used in shade garden designs to provide splashes of color where few other flowering plants thrive.
    • Wedding Decor: Cape Primrose can be incorporated into eco-friendly wedding decorations, such as in table settings or as part of the overall floral theme.

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, commonly known as Cape primrose, is known for its resilience as it can thrive with minimal care, symbolizing the ability to endure and persevere through difficult conditions.
    • Longevity: With proper care, Cape primrose plants can live and bloom for many years, representing longevity and long-lasting presence.
    • Adaptability: Cape primroses are adaptable plants that can adjust to various lighting conditions, symbolizing flexibility and the ability to prosper in different environments.
    • Hope: The bright and colorful flowers of Cape primrose are often associated with hope and a positive outlook on life, as they can brighten up any space.
    • Charm: The delicate and ornamental nature of the flowers is often equated with charm and attractiveness, making it a favored gift for its beauty.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Cape Primrose prefers consistent moisture, but it's important to avoid waterlogging. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry, which may be about once a week, depending on environmental conditions. Use room temperature water and aim to provide enough water so that it begins to drain from the bottom of the pot, indicating the soil is thoroughly moistened. In general, this might amount to approximately 8 ounces of water for a small pot every watering session. During the winter months or in a cooler climate, reduce watering frequency as the plant's growth slows down.

  • sunLight

    Cape Primrose thrives in bright, indirect light. It's best to place it near an east or north-facing window where it receives ample light but is shielded from the harsh midday sun. Avoid exposing the plant to direct sunlight, especially in the hot afternoon hours, as it can damage the leaves and flowers.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Cape Primrose enjoys a comfortable room temperature range between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures down to about 50 degrees Fahrenheit and maximum temperatures up to about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, prolonged exposure to temperatures outside of the ideal range can stress the plant and inhibit its growth.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Cape Primrose is necessary to remove dead or yellowing leaves and spent flowers to encourage new growth and blooms. Prune as needed throughout the year whenever you notice parts of the plant that require attention. The best time to do a more thorough pruning is immediately after the plant has finished a major flowering cycle.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Cape Primrose 'Gwen' prefers a well-draining potting mix with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of around 6.0 to 7.0. A mixture of 50% peat, 30% perlite, and 20% vermiculite works well, ensuring good aeration and moisture retention.

  • plantRepotting

    Cape Primrose 'Gwen' should generally be repotted every year or when it outgrows its pot. The best time to repot is during the spring when the plant is entering a period of active growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cape Primrose 'Gwen' thrives in moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 50% and 70%. These conditions help mimic its natural rainforest environment, avoiding the excessively dry air of many homes.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Bright, indirect light; high humidity; keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Sheltered spot; dappled sunlight; protect from extreme weather.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Cape Primrose 'Gwen' starts its life cycle from seed germination, which occurs in warm, humid conditions with indirect light. After sprouting, the seedling grows into a young plant with its characteristic velvety foliage. This vegetative stage can last several months to years, where the plant expands its rosette of leaves and develops a strong root system. Upon reaching maturity, which takes about a year, Cape Primrose 'Gwen' begins its reproductive phase, producing flowers that can be various shades of violet, blue, or white depending on the cultivar. The flowers are typically pollinated by insects, leading to seed formation for the next generation. After flowering, the plant may enter a period of dormancy, especially in cooler climates, but with proper care, it will resume growth and flowering in subsequent seasons.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: Streptocarpus 'Gwen', commonly referred to as Cape Primrose, can be most effectively propagated through leaf cuttings. The optimal time to undertake this process is during the warm growing months, usually from spring to early fall. To propagate, a healthy leaf is selected and cut across the width into sections that are about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 centimeters) long. Each section should include a vein. The cuttings can then be inserted into a moist, well-draining potting mix with the vein side down. In the right conditions, which include bright, indirect light and consistent humidity, roots and new shoots will begin to develop from the vein in a few weeks. To ensure success, it is important not to overwater the cuttings, as this can lead to fungal diseases and rot.