Kilauea-Vintage Chimera African Violet

As you see more and more new chimera African violets, many with large double blooms in a wide array of colors and shades (oftentimes not very stable between generations), I have come to notice that the old standards are seen less and less and increasingly more difficult to find. Kilauea is one of them. Hybridizer Eyerdom (Reg# 6808 1/15/1988) this vintage chimera plants is a perfect example of the “vintage” chimera African violets. Simple in bloom structure and pattern yet distinct and complex in that the patters like snowflakes vary from bloom to bloom.

Kilauea (bloom just opened) Click to enlarge

The above image is of a newly opened bloom of Kilauea. Below the bloom is several weeks old. This is one durable plant that appears very staple genetically. As mentioned above every single bloom is different.

Chimera African Violet Kilauea Bloom

It should be noted that the blooms of Kilauea are very 3 dimensional in that the bottom petal (as in the above picture) sticks out about 30 degrees from the rest of the bloom into a different plane. The two side petals are flat and 90 degrees to the ground and the two top petals are forward about 10 degrees. So how did I get this all in focus? I took 13 pictures and using “Helicon Focus 6” software overlayed them keeping only the focus parts of each image, then combining them resulting in the above image.


  1. Kathy
    Posted September 19, 2019 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Pretty flower. Sounds like you are getting into the close up photography!

  2. admin
    Posted September 26, 2019 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I am but not very good at it. Hope you are doing well.

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