Cape Primrose Streptocarpus 'Heidi'

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


Streptocarpus 'Heidi' is known for its attractive foliage and vibrant flowers. The leaves of this plant are typically lush and velvety, radiating a deep green hue that sets off the flowers beautifully. The leaves often form a basal rosette, which means they grow in a circular pattern from the base of the plant. The flowers of 'Heidi' are what truly captivate the onlooker. They come in an array of colors, often featuring shades of blue, purple, or a combination thereof. Some varieties may have blooms with white throats or striking veins, adding to their charm. The petals are delicate yet plentiful, often comprising five lobes that may exhibit a trumpet-like form. These blossoms are known to emerge from slender flower stems that rise gracefully above the foliage. Overall, Streptocarpus 'Heidi' presents a harmonious composition of soft, textured leaves below and a showy display of floral elegance above.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Cape Primrose, African Violet.

    • Common names

      Streptocarpus 'Heidi'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus 'Heidi') is generally not considered toxic to humans. Ingestion of plant parts is unlikely to cause poisoning or serious harm. However, as with any non-edible plant, individual sensitivity can vary, and some people might experience mild stomach upset or an allergic reaction after handling or ingesting parts of the plant.

    • To pets

      Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus 'Heidi') is generally considered non-toxic to pets such as cats and dogs. Ingestion of this plant should not result in serious toxicity or poisoning. Nevertheless, consumption of non-food plants can sometimes lead to mild gastrointestinal upset in some pets, including symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea. If a pet ingests a significant amount of the plant and shows symptoms, it is advisable to contact a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits


    • Easy to Care For: Streptocarpus 'Heidi', also known as Cape Primrose, generally requires minimal care and can thrive in indoor conditions with proper light and watering.
    • Attractive Flowers: Cape Primrose produces beautiful and vibrant blooms that can enhance the aesthetic appeal of any space.
    • Long Blooming Period: This plant has a long flowering season which can extend from spring until fall, providing long-lasting color and interest.
    • Compact Growth: With its compact growth habit, Cape Primrose is suitable for smaller spaces and can be easily accommodated on windowsills or tabletops.
    • Variety of Colors: The flowers come in a range of colors, allowing for personalization of decor and the ability to match with various interior color schemes.
    • Shade Tolerant: Cape Primrose can tolerate lower light conditions, making it suitable for areas of the home that don't receive intense direct sunlight.
    • Non-Toxic: This plant is generally considered non-toxic to humans and pets, making it a safe choice for a household with children or animals.

  • 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

    • Photography Practice: Enthusiasts can use the vibrant petals of the Cape Primrose as subjects to practice macro photography skills, capturing the intricate details of this flowering plant.
    • Art Inspiration: Artists may find inspiration in the rich colors and delicate patterns of the Cape Primrose for watercolor painting, sketching, or other forms of artwork.
    • Handmade Paper Incorporation: The petals of the Cape Primrose can be pressed and incorporated into handmade paper, adding a natural and unique touch to the craft.
    • Edible Garnish: While not commonly known for culinary uses, the colorful blooms could potentially be used as a decorative, edible garnish for salads and desserts, after ensuring they are safe and pesticide-free.
    • Living Gifts: Potted Cape Primrose plants make thoughtful living gifts which can brighten up homes or offices and may last longer than cut flowers.
    • Floral Arrangements: Although not a traditional choice, Cape Primrose flowers can be placed in small, water-filled tubes and incorporated into floral arrangements for a pop of color.
    • Color Dye Source: Experimentally, the pigments in the flowers might be used to create natural dyes for fabrics or paper.
    • Educational Model: The Cape Primrose's growth habits can be used in educational settings to teach about plant life cycles, pollination, and horticulture practices.
    • Craft Projects: Dried flowers of the Cape Primrose can be used in craft projects, like making bookmarks, or adding them to candles to enhance their aesthetic value.
    • Seasonal Decoration: During their blooming season, Cape Primrose plants can serve as a part of seasonal interior decor themes, providing bursts of live color in rooms or table settings.

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

    • Persistence - Streptocarpus, commonly known as Cape primrose, often blooms for long periods, symbolizing endurance and the ability to thrive in challenging conditions.
    • Optimism - With its bright and continuous flowers, the Cape primrose represents hope and a positive outlook on life.
    • Adaptability - Cape primrose can adapt to various light conditions, reflecting the ability to adjust and succeed in different environments.

Every week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Cape primrose requires watering when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Water them thoroughly until excess water drains out of the bottom of the pot, which typically translates to about once a week, but this can vary depending on environmental conditions. It is crucial to avoid waterlogging, so make sure the pot has good drainage. On average, use roughly 8 to 16 ounces of water for smaller pots during each watering session. Adjust the amount as necessary for larger pots, but always be guided by the dryness of the soil rather than a strict schedule.

  • sunLight

    Cape primrose thrives in bright, indirect light. Place the plant near a north or east-facing window where it will receive plenty of light without being exposed to harsh direct sunlight. An ideal spot is a room with large windows that allow for diffused sunlight to reach the plant throughout the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Cape primrose prefers temperatures between 60°F and 70°F for optimal growth. It can tolerate a range down to 50°F, but should not be exposed to temperatures below this as it could cause harm. The ideal temperature range is within what is comfortable for most homes, just ensure it is protected from drafts and sudden temperature changes.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Cape primrose is essential to promote bushier growth and more blooms. Pinch off or cut back leggy stems, and remove any yellowing or dead leaves to maintain plant health. The best time to prune is in the spring, but deadheading spent flowers can be done throughout the blooming season to encourage more blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for a Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus 'Heidi') is well-draining and loose. A mix of peat, perlite or vermiculite, and loam in equal parts works well. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, around 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    A Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus 'Heidi') should be repotted annually or every 18 months. Choose a pot only slightly larger than the previous, as they prefer being slightly root-bound.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cape Primroses (Streptocarpus 'Heidi') thrive in moderate to high humidity levels, ideally around 50% to 70%. They benefit from a pebble tray or humidifier nearby.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep in bright, indirect light with moist soil.

    • Outdoor

      Shelter from direct sun; water when topsoil dries.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Cape Primrose 'Heidi' begins with seed germination, which occurs in warm, moist soil conditions. After germination, the seedling develops into a rosette of leaves, establishing a root system and beginning photosynthesis. The plant enters a vegetative state where it grows larger and produces more leaves, preparing for the flowering stage. Upon maturity and under the right conditions of light and temperature, it produces flowers, which are often vibrant and showy, attracting pollinators that aid in the reproductive process. After pollination, the plant develops seed capsules, which burst open when mature to release seeds, thus completing the cycle. The mother plant will continue to produce flowers and seeds seasonally, and with proper care, it can live for several years.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Streptocarpus 'Heidi', commonly known as Cape Primrose, is through leaf cuttings. This technique is generally best done in the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. To propagate by leaf cuttings, a healthy leaf is selected and a sharp, clean knife is used to cut it into sections, each with a vein. The leaf sections are then placed vein-side down in moist potting mix, ensuring that the cuts are well-contacted with the soil. In a warm environment with indirect light and high humidity, roots and new shoots will form from the veins, typically within a few weeks. Once new growth is sufficient, the young plants can be transplanted into individual pots to continue their development.