Thank heavens for houseplants! In winter, they carry nature’s warmth, color, and vitality indoors. “They’re therapeutic,” says Tovah Martin, author of The Indestructible Houseplant and a frequent Coastal Home contributor. “Growing them sends a message that nature is valuable and that you care enough to bring it into your home and care for it.” Sinningia leucotricha, an African violet relative, has a bulbous, above-ground tuber from which grow hairy silver leaves and fragrant pale-orange spring flowers. “It has everything; it’s a little oddity of nature, and when it goes dormant you don’t have to bother—it’s very easy.”
Kartuz Greenhouses (kartuz.com) carries several Sinningia species and cultivars.
Check eBay for S. leucotricha plants and seeds.