French Lilac (2844) 05/17/1976 (J. Swift) Double lavender and wine frilled. Quilted, ruffled. Large (TX Hyb)
This is a fairly rare and hard to find violet. I saw a photo of it online last spring and decided that I had to have it in my collection, especially since I have a passion for the vintage ones. This summer someone posted on a forum that I'm on that they were looking for it and I piggybacked my request for one as well. Within 2 weeks I had a good sized starter in my home (thanks, Deb!). It's now blooming for the first time.
According to Sylvia on the board, a lot of people wouldn't believe that French Lilac was an African violet when it first came out, because it was so different. Many florists sold it as a decorative house plant. She hasn't seen it for years. I'm glad that it's still around and am happy to share leaves this spring!