Constant Nymph

Constant Nymph

Postby illustrator » August 4th, 2013, 10:20 am

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First flowering. I grow this plant at my job for 2 years or so, although it flowers constantly, it never does too well there. As a backup I took a piece of leaf home and the young plant resulting from this is flowering for the first time.
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Re: Constant Nymph

Postby Valkiria » August 13th, 2013, 2:03 pm

Is it a vintage?
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Re: Constant Nymph

Postby illustrator » August 13th, 2013, 9:34 pm

It is the most vintage you can get: this is the oldest (first) named Streptocarpus cultivar. Year 1946.

It was selected because it grows easily and is an outstanding bloomer. This still holds true. Compared to modern streps the flower stalks are a bit longish and bend easily, especially in sub-optimal conditions.

Some info is on Dibleys page:
http://www.dibleys.com/strep.htm

And here is a photo of how it can look (mine is just 2 leaves at this moment ...):
http://www.gesneriads.ca/strept10.htm
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Re: Constant Nymph

Postby illustrator » August 14th, 2013, 9:58 pm

It is named after a phrase in a romantic novel with the title "the Constant Nymph", written by Margaret Kennedy and published in 1924. Amazingly, I stumbled on the exact quote on internet:

"There's no use crying about it."
"No use," agreed Teresa.

But the tears poured down her face, whether she would or no, until she conceived the happy idea of trying to water a primula with them. Immediately the flood was dried, after the manner of tears when a practical use has been found for them.

"And it would have been interesting," said Paulina sorrowfully, "to see if it would have made any difference to the primula."


Streptocarpus is also called "cape Primula". And this makes me want to read the novel one day ... A movie version of the novel was made a few years before the plant was named. Probably also something I have to see one day. love:
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Re: Constant Nymph

Postby Valkiria » August 20th, 2013, 5:04 pm

Interesting facts, Paul. :)
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Re: Constant Nymph

Postby Gabi_Munich » November 7th, 2014, 12:38 am

Here is mine, first flowers from a plug plant

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Re: Constant Nymph

Postby Gabi_Munich » April 21st, 2020, 2:04 pm

found an old article related to Constant Nymph

http://arnoldia.arboretum.harvard.edu/p ... pdated.pdf
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