The Ugliest Chimera African Violet Bloom?












Several months ago I was going to post this as the ugliest chimera African violet bloom I ever grew or for that matter saw.  This was a sport  of Yukako.  I normally would discard the plant but was fascinated by the foliage which also appeared to exhibit a chimera pattern.  Long story short the plant bloomed again and this time produce much larger blooms (below).

Sport of Y















As is evident in this bloom it appears the border of the bloom is black.  A closer view of the bloom below shows this more clearly, note the flower edges under letters  “A” and “B”.  Its black is most pronounced.















Based on my own conjecture as this is a sport of Yukako produced by stem culture and because there are multiple colors involved in the bloom, I believe this is a chimera African violet hence the black edges cannot be breed into another plant.  Now all this said at the writing of the above 2 weeks prior to this observation (below) I saw two bloom stalks popping up.   I figured I will let it bloom prior to pitching the plant.  Of course the color was not any different but the number of petals expressed on the first bloom of each stalk has seven!  The rest of the blooms had the standard five.   See the image below.















So now what?  Do I discard the plant or try propagating the bloom stalks with the first bloom of seven to see if this can be reproduced or this was just a fluke?  Of course!  Lets propagate the bloom stalks to see if the seven  petal bloom is real (genetically driven) or not.   As a footnote the black as seen under a little different lighting has stronger green coloration in the above image.


  1. Posted October 6, 2014 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    This is the most common sport of Yukako, already registered under a few names. One is Rav’s Irish Rogue, another I want to say “Tea’s (something) Hat”, and a third in Russia which I totally forget. I had it happen too, just tossed the plant.

  2. admin
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    I was not aware. I just looked up Irish Rogue on “First Class” which lists all the registered African violets and there it was! What is interesting is that it was not listed as a chimera and I believe it is. I think I will take some leaves and see if they produce the same type of bloom. I already have a stem in culture. I appreciate the information. Very interesting.

  3. Black bat
    Posted March 4, 2015 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I would certainly take her. I think the bloom is lovely. Please email me if you ever want to get rid of it.

  4. admin
    Posted March 4, 2015 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I actually gave that one away but as part of an experiment to demonstrated that it was a chimera, I tissue propagated a couple of stems and also have a leaf cutting growing now growing a plantlet which will not be a chimera. I wanted to compare the difference. If you are still interested, after the plants generated from the flower stems bloom, I will give you the plant if you just pay the postage. Might be about 4-5 months away from blooming, but it is yours if you want it.

  5. Fatemeh
    Posted May 9, 2017 at 1:59 am | Permalink

    I’ve experienced the same. 2 different kinds of sport from one peduncle. One has the same deep purple petals with darker edges (like your sport but with 5 petals). And it registered in Russia under the name:
    7 гномов ( 7 Dwarfs)
    But the second one has green chimera-like cuped petals, and I couldn’t find any registration so far.

  6. admin
    Posted May 13, 2017 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    Interesting, thanks for sharing. If you have any photos of them and willing to share them we would be interested in seeing them. .

  7. Fatemeh
    Posted May 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Of course. I’m going to email photos that I’ve taken so far. Maybe the other one do have a name already.

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