|These compact, rosetted, evergreen perennials, grown as indoor plants, can be tricky and may require some special attention. Velvety, ovate leaves (to 1 1/2") are slightly toothed, blackish-green.
Blooms are delicate and seem quite fragile. Flowers on long stems, to 5" tall, cymes of solitary, medium violet with white tips and purple eyes, to 1" wide. Grows to 10" tall and 12" wide.
Needs some bright indirect light to flower, but otherwise needs shelter from light. It is a common misconception that these plants must be watered from below: water on the leaves causes splotches. Not necessarily true.
Plants may be watered from above if water is at room temperature. Excessively cold or warm water can be damaging to the plant. If plant is watered from the bottom, do not leave it standing in water for an extended period of time.