What is my houseplant?

A friend gave me this plant and I did see it flower and it was a purple flower on a tall stem. It has been kept as an indoor plant at her house. Can you identify this houseplant?

Hi Deb,


Your plant is called a Streptocarpus or Cape Primrose. This is what it looks like in bloom and healthy.


Here are a few care tips for your Cape Primrose Plant.

Cape Primrose is a big cousin of an African Violet. It will bloom all year if you keep the soil slightly moist, but never soggy,  and keep it in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. If a Streptocarpus does not get enough light, it won’t bloom. This plant also does well under fluorescent lights. Cool room temperatures between 60-75°F are best.  If the room is too hot, the leaves of a Cape Primrose wilt. Plant a Cape Primrose in African Violet soil.