​If you have discovered the delights of growing Streptocarpus, this site is the place for you. With the help of the British Streptocarpus Society, you can expand your collection and knowledge and join the many  members who share your enthusiasm. 



Explore this site to find out more.

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The Society was formed in September 1999 especially for Streptocarpus (Cape Primrose) growers with small, medium or large collections.  We welcome new members with a wide range of growing knowledge and experience. Members range from beginners with a few plants on their windowsills to expert growers with many years of experience. We are happy to help new members to increase their expertise and enjoyment of streptocarpus growing.


Founders:  Frank Davies, Ken Jones

President:  Lynne Dibley

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Very Sad News

It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you all of the very sad news that our founder and vice-secretary, Frank Davies, has sadly passed away in hospital. Many of you will have known and met Frank over the years and will agree with us that not only was he a character but that his knowledge of Streptocarpus growing and breeding was second to none. Frank founded the society with Ken Jones over 20 years ago and throughout the life of the society he worked tirelessly to promote the plants and encourage many of us to take up growing them too. Perhaps it was only fitting then that Frank should have been the first ever recipient of the Maurice Mason Award from the RHS Tender Ornamental Plant Committee in 2019. We will never forget the surprise on his face when we presented him with the award.

Along with other members of the committee, we have been in touch with Frank's wife, Mary, who seems to be bearing up well. I am sure you will join us in passing on our deepest sympathies to Mary and the family on their sad loss. We would ask you to respect Mary's privacy at this sad time and not to inundate her with phone calls.

Ian and Liz Davis        August 2021

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The Society holds an Annual Show which is an opportunity for growers to meet each other and discuss topics of general interest.


In 2020 there was a Virtual BSS Show which can be viewed in the BSS SHOW 2020 and on the VIDEOS page.

In 2021 there was also a Virtual BSS Show. The winners in each class can be viewed on the BSS SHOW 2021 page.

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If you choose to become a member, three Newsletters a year will be sent to you. These contain useful hints and tips on growing, articles for both the general and the specialist grower and a members' page with short articles and letters. A Seed Bank has been set up for both Hybrid and Species seed and these are available free to members. 



See MEMBERSHIP to find out how to become a member of the Society.

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Find the British Streptocarpus Society on Facebook on the

BSS Facebook page.

There is also a Facebook group to join: 

'British Streptocarpus Society Friends' group to share their photos, problems, successes, ideas and helpful tips.  There are currently over 700 people in the group from all over the world who are helping to spread the word about the Society and who have a wealth of knowledge to share.