Science, Research, Scholarships

Many African violet growers are interested in more scientific information about African violets.  Here we provide a brief history of African violets, some of the more technical information on cultivation, and a reference list of African violet related articles from the horticultural community.

AVSA’s interest in scientific knowledge is evidenced by the scholarships and research grants that it provides.

Scholarships - Research Grants

AVSA has long supported scientific investigation focused on issues impacting African violets.   In 1949, just 3 years after the creation of the Society, members of AVSA established the Boyce Edens Research Fund to support research.  Today the fund provides research grants and college scholarship awards.

Research supported by an AVSA grant:   Extraction and Characterization of Water-soluble Pigments from Saintpaulia Flowers: Part 1

Reference List

This reference list on articles about African violets is compiled by Jeffery Smith, B.S., M.S., PhD. (Botany), of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.  AVSA thanks Dr. Smith for generously sharing this information, and for his many other contributions to scientific knowledge of African violets.


These articles from the African Violet Magazine are more scientific than more casual growers (and perhaps the general public) find interesting.          Click here for a list with links to these documents.

African Violet History

A brief history of the African violet.

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