I’ve grown hundreds of varieties over the years and African violet leaves still fascinate me. Here are some photos of interesting African violet leaf types that are – or were- growing on my plant stands.
Bustled African Violet Leaves
There are a few African violet hybrids around that have bustled leaves (sometimes called ‘bustle backs’). The only ones I’ve ever grown are Jimmy Dates wasp hybrids. I recently culled my collection (I do it periodically) and took a few quick snapshots of bustled leaves from various plants:
I didn’t have time to take photos of all the plants when they were in bloom (time is always the issue, hence the cull), but I’m sharing these because I find the leaves really interesting, even if the plants didn’t perform well for me. I like wasp African violets but they generally exhibit unruly growth habits in my environment.
Spooned African Violet Leaves
Pink Fly is a wasp with spooned leaves – they aren’t bustled:
Pink Fly is the only truly spooned African violet I’ve grown. I’ve had a lot of plants exhibit cupped leaves on occasion, usually due to a break in culture (environmental stress).
Mosaic (Lillian Jarrett) Variegation
Skies Over Italy is a vintage African violet hybridized by Frank Tinari. It has mosaic variegated leaves (also called “Lillian Jarrett” variegation), and I’ve tried unsuccessfully to grow this hybrid several times over the years. I usually lose the leaves before they produce plantlets, but this time around I managed to get five babies (one has already gone to a new home):
Skies Over Italy is not a good grower for me – the leaves go every which-way – but maybe this time I’ll actually get to see one bloom!