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Cape primrose

n.
Any of various chiefly African plants of the genus Streptocarpus, widely cultivated as houseplants for their attractive foliage and clusters of showy colorful flowers. Also called streptocarpus.
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Cape primrose

n
(Plants) See streptocarpus
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Noun1.Cape primrose - any of various African plants of the genus Streptocarpus widely cultivated especially as houseplants for their showy blue or purple flowers
genus Streptocarpus - large genus of usually stemless African or Asian herbs: Cape primrose
streptocarpus - any of various plants of the genus Streptocarpus having leaves in a basal rosette and flowers like primroses
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This week's winner is Maureen Haynes, of Hackney, East London, who says: "I bought some Cape primroses for my flat and can't believe they flower for nine months.
As spring approached, our streps - a collection of streptocarpus or Cape primroses - appreciated the lengthening days and bloomed for months at a time in numerous shades of blue, pink, yellow and white with delicate purple veining.
The rosette-forming kinds of streptocarpus from which modern hybrids are produced come from the Drakensburg Mountains of South Africa and have foliage similar to primroses, hence their misleading nickname of Cape primroses. In fact, they are related instead to the Gesneriad family which includes African violets (Saintpaulias).