Persian Violets, also known as Exacum affine, originated from Socotra Island near East Africa. This flowering plant is not a true violet and is actually part of the Gentianaceae family (along with Geraniums). The name comes from the Greek 'ex' meaning out and 'agere' meaning to drive.
Perisan violets have small, glossy dark green leaves and 5 - petal flowers. Most commonly, these violet-blue star shaped flowers have yellow centers but rare varieties can have white or purple flowers. Persian violets usual stay very compact and reach an average height of 20 - 30cm.
Soil should be kept moist but do not overwater and allow for good drainage. These plants prefer bright light, but not too much direct light. Persian violets are best kept at an average room temperature of 65 - 75°F.