Cape Primrose 'Grape Ice' in basket
Cape Primrose 'Grape Ice' in basket

Cape Primrose 'Grape Ice' in basket

SKU: S78041
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Common Name: Cape Primrose
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Houseplants - Bright Indirect Light
Mature Height: 6-10"
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A member of the showy Ladyslippers® series of Cape Primroses (Streptocarpus) noted for their abundant flowers and number of leaves per plant, ‘Grape Ice’ puts forth deep purple blossoms that are etched with intricate veining and highlighted by pure white centers and petal edges. In winter, enjoy the show indoors. In summer, take the display outside on a shady porch or deck. Shipped in a basket that measures 7¼", including handles.

An African Violet relative, Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus) grows in the mountainous, wooded ravines of South Africa, shaded from the heat and intensity of the sun. Water when the soil feels slightly dry and fertilize twice a month for a long display of open-faced blooms and dark green, strap-shaped leaves.

For more information on growing Streptocarpus, click on Growing Guide.



WEATHER PERMITTING - Working with Mother Nature

In our business, we work closely with Mother Nature. In the colder months when we stipulate that an item is shipped “weather permitting”, that means temperatures outside our shipping facility in northwestern Connecticut and along the shipping route must be warm enough for tender plants to survive in unheated delivery trucks. Our practice of waiting for windows of milder weather may result in the occasional delay, but our customers tend to appreciate the care we take to make certain their plants arrive in the very best possible condition. Questions? Don’t hesitate to call our customer service staff at 1-800-411-6159.


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Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (3 Reviews) Write a Review

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Love this cape primrose

I love this beautiful plant. I bought it from white flower farm several years ago and it has bloomed almost continuously since. Blooms are so unique and everyone comments on them. I would like to purchase more, for gifts, but they have been sold out for so very long.
Bring back the Grape Ice!

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Streptocarpus Grape Ice

I received the Streptocarpus grape ice as a gift two days ago. The plant arrived in a damaged box with many broken and bent leaves and three detached blossoms. There were no blossoms intact on their stems. There appears to be one stem with buds. I've put the plant in bright, indirect light and hoping for the best. It would be a shame for it to not blossom fully as shown in the photograph - maybe this type of plant is too delicate for the rigors of shipping.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 5 years ago (12/24/18 10:45AM)

I am so sorry to learn the gifted Streptocarpus was damaged during transit and I will be contacting you directly via email to offer compensation.

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somewhat disappointed

I ordered this plant and the blue ice. This one (grape ice) arrived with many broken leaves and no blossoms, although I think I see the beginning of a couple of buds. also the basket is too small. the plant barely fits. The blue ice was in much better shape with blossoms just like the picture, and the clay pot is a better size. i do think the grape ice will recover, but I am going to have to find another basket that fits the plant. For the price, I shouldn't have to do this

36 of 37 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: strep-toe-kar'puss

LIGHT: The Cape Primrose is a relative of African Violets and prefers the same growing conditions of bright but indirect light. Avoid hot sun, which can burn the leaves and fade the flowers.

TEMPERATURE: Day and night temperatures of 60-75 degrees F are fine year round.

WATERING: Water only when the top inch of the potting mix is dry to the touch. Providing water too frequently will cause the roots, leaves, and base of the plant to rot. If the leaves look wilted even when the soil is moist, you may be overwatering. Let the top inch of the potting mix dry out before watering again. Plants require less water during the winter months (November through February).

FERTILIZER: From spring through fall, apply a water-soluble fertilizer that is high in phosphorus (such as 15-30-15) every 3 weeks. Withhold fertilizer during the winter months, when your plant will stop growing actively and rest.

CONTINUING CARE: Use scissors to cut off the stalks of faded flowers. The tips of older leaves become dry as they age, and these too may be trimmed off. Repot your plant into a slightly larger pot in spring.


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