HARDY AFRICAN VIOLET! Ramonda myconi pyrenean
A hardy relative of the African Violet, the 'Hardy African Violet', Ramonda myconi, the Pyrenean-violet or rosette mullein, is hardy outdoors in zones 6 to 10! It is a rosette-forming evergreen perennial growing to 10 cm (4 in) high by 20 cm (8 in) broad, with oval, crinkled leaves. Five-petalled purple flowers with prominent yellow anthers appear on leafless stems in spring. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Type: Hardy perennial
Hardiness zones: 6-10
Location: or part sun
Seeds per pack: 10
Germination: Obtain a sterile seed-start mix with nutrients, such as Miracle Grow seeds starter mix. Lightly pre-moisten the mix with non-treated (non-municipal) water such as rain water or bottled water. Flatten the surface. Lightly mist the surface with water to help tamp down the surface of the soil, though be careful not to make it too saturated/wet. Sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the soil, and cover the container with clear plastic, or place the container in a plastic bag. Place the container at 73-77F, 23-25C in very bright light, but not in direct sunlight. Light is required for germination. If you are using florescent lights, place the container about 10" from the lights. Seedlings will appear gradually over 21-40 days, some will continue to germinate slightly longer.