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Rob's Boondoggle

Sdbl. deep red stars with wide, ruffled, white border.  Wavy, nearly black foliage.  Semiminiature.  AVSA #7880


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Rob's Boondoggle

Average Rating 4.8 out of 5

Stunning flowers!

I had been lucky enough to receive this plant in my order of five random violets. When I opened the container, it had a flower that just floored me, it was a flat magenta with a white lacey edge. However, the next flowers that started to bloom a week later, are white and there are a ton of them. Still beautiful but would love to see the deep pink once more.

Maryann Kovacs Aug 06 2023, 20:45 PM

Love the miniatures

I just received my second order from Violet Barn and I am in love with the miniatures. When I thought of African Violets it was the kind my grandmother grew, the standard ones. I didn’t realize that you could get miniature versions, nor that you could get trailing miniatures (my absolute favorites). They are so cute, so cute that I’m placing a third order just for more trailing miniatures. They are adorable!

Rebecca Laramie May 28 2023, 19:07 PM


I absolutely love the blooms on this plant!

kristine Quinn May 13 2023, 15:22 PM

A surprise fave

As a new AV enthusiast who previously only had a collection of garden center NOIDs, after much deliberation I chose a little Boondoggle as part of my first order of named varieties from Violet Barn. A few of the others were plants I've wanted for ages (and are doing wonderfully), but I was amazed at how quickly I fell in love with the ruffled leaves of this plant, which grow in such flat, near circles. When showing anyone my new violets, it's the one I point at. I feel like a show grower! And it only just started to throw up its first blooms - I'm this in love with it before the flowers have opened, and the flower color was why I chose it!

Erin Maness Oct 28 2022, 08:18 AM

Heavy Bloomer

This is an adorable little heavy bloomer that has such a nice shape for show with little attention given. Love it!!

Krissa Bruck Oct 26 2022, 09:12 AM


This was a birthday gift that I'll enjoy for years. The color and form is amazing. Every morning I put it on my table and have an espresso while I contemplate the beauty of nature. Great way to start my day!

Patrick Caba Jun 26 2022, 11:43 AM

Arrived flowering

It arrived flowering and it has been flowering ever since...so cute

Lee-Ann Theesfeld Jun 24 2022, 15:04 PM

Absolutely Lovely!!

This was gifted to me by a friend, it has brought me to this store and I am EXTREMELY excited to order more!!

Aly Gaddis Sep 13 2021, 22:11 PM

Happy Plant

Just love these mini's. I need more windows so I can have more plants. It always brings a smile.

Marcella Cheesman Sep 03 2021, 14:58 PM

Love the color

I love the dark green leaves and the pretty flowers on this plant, unfortunately mine died recently so I just ordered a replacement.

Elizabeth Constable Jul 05 2021, 22:37 PM

Healthy plants shipped with extraordinary care! Thank you Rob! Plus the fare sheet that arrived with the African violet minis is a plus!

I received 3 semi to mini African violet plants from Violet Barn! Robs Boondagle,Robs Smarty pants and Robs calypso beat!All arrived in perfect condition! Packed with care!!Smarty Pants is a name we call our granddaughter! I was so happy that Rob found it to send to me! It's first bloom is a light pink ,semi double. I trust violet barn to send well packed and healthy plants to my door! If there is a question about Robs plants he is only a phone call away! He is happy to answer questions about the plants he grows! Robs Violet barn will be my go to place for African violets! Thank you Ralph!

Joyce Jurkiw Jan 03 2021, 02:55 AM

Wonderful little AV

The leaves on this one are just stunning and set it apart from the others in my collection. Arrived very symmetrical and full. Can't wait for blooms

Elizabeth Treese Nov 29 2020, 10:04 AM

Lovely plant

Rob's Boondoggle grows well for me and has numerous attractive blossoms. So pretty!

Maria Mueller Sep 26 2020, 19:47 PM

nice plant

cute plant propagates easily, wish the blooms lasted a little longer like my other violets do.

Laura Krueger Dec 26 2019, 23:12 PM

Wonderful plant!

I love this one! The frilly white and red flowers with dark green wavy foliage is a striking combination. So unique! The pictures don't do it justice, you have to see this one in person to appreciate how cool it is.

Anonymous Aug 31 2019, 17:51 PM

Easy to grow

One of my first attempts at leaf propagation and the babies have been such a joy. Petite, symmetrical plant. Love it!

Kim Briscoe Aug 01 2019, 15:41 PM

Returning Customer

Purchased this plant recently.. Came packed perfectly! Violet Barn is the ONLY place I buy African violets from. Never disappoint!

JOSHUA CHIEM Jun 27 2019, 23:02 PM

Sassy little plant

Mine arrived without and buds, but within two weeks of being in my home it is beautiful! Each day when I get home, I can't wait to see which bud has opened. It has such sassy color and personality!!!

Keri Demos May 13 2019, 22:24 PM

A Very Pretty Violet

I have had Boondoggle for over two years, and it has been a wonderful bloomer. The flowers sit up in a bouquet just like the first picture. In years past I have ordered violets from a variety of sources. Violet Barn has been the only one I can trust completely to send me pest and disease free plants.

Donna Pierson Apr 10 2019, 22:53 PM

In bloom an amazing

Came to me in bloom. It’s not one I would have picked myself because the picture they have up It’s dark. It was one that came in the 10 we choose for you and it is amazing. The leaves are a frilly dark green but that makes these blooms really pop! The white edges really make the flower stand out and the bright pink is a great contrast to the the small bit of yellow in the center of the flower.

Gina Montagna Feb 24 2019, 23:31 PM

Beautiful heavy bloomer!

I had this plant years ago. Now getting back into growing AV's I am trying to find my old favorites! this is one that grew beautifully and always was full of blooms! So happy to find it and order it again.

Carlynn Scott Aug 14 2018, 10:29 AM

Such a cutie!

I had Rob;s Boondoggle a couple of years ago and it was a good bloomer with decent sized flowers. I arrived in bloom. The flowers fade in hot temperatures.

Anonymous Aug 02 2018, 20:29 PM

Beautiful plant!

I ordered this plant and I was so happy with it. It’s got the cutest little blooms! Plants arrived safely which is why I always comeback for more :)

Silvia Welch Jun 28 2018, 01:02 AM

Rob's Boondoggle - one of my favorites

I love the deep dark color of the leaves on this variety. The flowers are quite variable depending on the time of year - Probably due to the different temperature I grow under during the winter vs. summer. The plant is free flowering and does very well in my greenhouse. I will never be without this one!

Kenneth Meier Jun 06 2018, 16:43 PM

Cute Little Plant!

The pictures of this plant doesn't do it justice! It's a cute little plant and easy to grow so far.

Gregory S Payne May 28 2018, 22:48 PM

Beautiful little plant

Well packed, received in perfect condition. Growing well, blossoms are wonderful!

Susan Pirkle Apr 10 2018, 14:19 PM


The packaging was impressive. Very disappointed, I give the exact same care as my beautiful standard violets. This one does have beautiful foliage but has yet to bloom. I have had this violet for over six months and am trying to be patient.

Anonymous Feb 18 2018, 11:06 AM

Precious little plant

I just received this little beauty. I t is in bloom and way prettier in person than the pictures show. I am loving Rob's miniatures. I ordered 5 this time and will again and again. Susan

Susan Pirkle Sep 21 2017, 14:58 PM


This was one of the African Violets I got with my first order. Very nice plant and shipping was great, the packing was very well done. Thank you Violet Barn.

Stephanie Newman Jun 25 2017, 16:38 PM


This was my freebie and I'm thrilled! Really cute and unusual blooms.

Diann Klotzbier Mar 21 2017, 14:54 PM

This is the plant that started it all...

My addiction to Rob's miniature African violets started with this plant many years ago. It grew and bloomed happily on my windowsill all through college. The bright, ruffled, gorgeous flowers always brightened my day. Terrific, strong plant with constant blooms. I love it!

Sara K Hendrickson Mar 13 2017, 02:09 AM

easy to grow

I got this plant about 2 years ago and have succeeded in propagating it thru leaf cuttings. The new plants bloomed true to the parent and bloom frequently. I was so proud that I passed on the new plants to friends!

Margaret siirila Sep 08 2016, 16:12 PM

Prolific Propagator

Put a few Boondoggle leaves down last year and holy cow ended up with a ton of babies. If you enjoy starting plants from leaves, buy this guy and put down some leaves!

Anonymous Aug 20 2016, 02:07 AM


This little plant was my freebie and a miniature too! The bloomers tiny and such an unusual combination. Too cute to pass up.

Diann Klotzbier Aug 14 2016, 22:35 PM


Nice dark wavy foliage arrived in immaculate condition. I cannot wait until it blooms. I was worried about winter shipping, but obviously these guys are pros. Almost 3000 miles and all 8 plants are perfect. Thanks for feeding my addiction to plants. I will shop here again.

Jarrod Monroe Mar 01 2016, 09:21 AM

Beautiful & well packaged

Tiny and gorgeous with a couple of blooms. Have already ordered other violets! Fast delivery too!

kathy jarvis Oct 15 2015, 22:31 PM

Not blooming

I ordered this plant in the winter (probably not smart), along with another miniature and they are thriving but not blooming. I'm a novice so not sure why. The other AVs surrounding them are blooming well. I supplement the window light with full spectrum lamp. Regular half strength fertilizer. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Mary Gipson Aug 06 2015, 16:52 PM

Boom getting

beautiful little plant. Very strong amazing plant

Anonymous Jun 10 2015, 16:26 PM

My First Miniture

This plant arrived in bloom, and I was amazed at how much color was contained in such a small plant. The blooms and leaves are in perfect proportion to each other, and the dark green foliage really sets off the magenta and white blooms. This little boondoggle had a healthy and very well established root system, and exceeded all of my mail order plant expectations.

Penny Richens May 10 2015, 13:41 PM

Beautiful little plant.

This Violet sure did bloom for a long time !!!! Love the coloring of the leaves to the color of the flowers. .

Teresa Valley Mar 25 2015, 00:02 AM

Beautiful, unusual plant

This plant grows well on a wick and always has heavy bloom cycles. I love the dark wavy foliage--it's different from anything else on my shelf. It does have a tendency to get powdery mildew in the winter, but this is easily taken care of. A great plant, well worth having.

Susan McClure Mar 19 2015, 16:38 PM


This is an easy bloomer! I had it a couple months and it already bloomed twice, so far. Every time I order from Rob my plants arrive in perfect condition! I don't order from anyone else anymore.

Anonymous Oct 27 2014, 21:33 PM

Blooms year after year

I love this little violet. I have it in my kitchen window and it blooms regularly and beautifully. It always cheers me up when I have to do dishes and it is blooming.

Anonymous Jul 06 2014, 22:50 PM

what a cutie!

Love this plant! It's a great bloomer and sooo cute!

Renae Kintigh Dec 26 2013, 14:33 PM


This is my first experience with Violet Barn and I already can say - THIS GUYS ARE AWESOME!!!! Today I got my first 5 mini plants, all look soooo healthy and strong. The Boondoggle is the only one from five which is blooming and the flowers are just awesome!!!!! Love it. Thank you so much!!!!

Katsiaryna Nov 16 2013, 11:05 AM

A real cutie.

I got this one about 3 years ago and it arrived in full bloom. You can't go wrong with this one, its very eye-catching and blooms frequently. I did repot it into an all Oyama self-watering pot as I do with all my violets and it really took off.

Erica Payne Oct 23 2013, 18:19 PM

pretty little plant

I order this plant on my first purchase and I just love it. It arrived in great condition and even in bloom! the whole plant is pretty small and just super cute!

Silvia Welch Aug 29 2013, 18:59 PM

Great First Minature

I highly recommend this plant for someone who is just starting to grow miniature violets. After two months, my plant has ten beautiful blossoms. I kept it under lights in the wick container that is sold on this site. So easy to care for too. Right now the color is closer to a magenta than red.

Susan Smith Aug 05 2013, 14:28 PM


I received this as a gift and love it! Great color and easy to care for.

Des Tyrrell Jul 02 2013, 09:02 AM

I LOVE the Violet Barn!

Not to long ago I ordered several violets and my freebie was the Rob's Boondoggie.It is a very beautiful plant! It arrived bloming! Looks just like the picture! Love the deep pink and wide white band. It has already become a favorite. Get this plant, you will not be sorry!

Priscilla Varney Oct 18 2012, 20:35 PM

Terrific little plant

Rob's Boondoggle is a fantastic little bloomer, my plant has so many blooms you can barely see the leaves. Easy grower and one everyone should try!

VERA CARLSON Jun 15 2012, 12:18 PM

Prolific plant

Just love this plant. It has my favorite foliage which is dark and wavy. The bloom reminds me of the classic "Firebird" plant. The leaves are very prolific producing many babies.

Linda Mangold Jun 14 2012, 12:18 PM


This little beauty arrived blooming, showing no stress from its three days in the mail. My browser shows the colors as purple and white, same as the plant we received. It is beyond beautiful.

Ruth Apr 29 2012, 00:26 AM


The only problem with this little violet is that once it started blooming, it wouldn't stop!! My plant consistantly has 10+ blooms, and currently has 18. It did take about 9 months to a year to get going, but once it did...! And I will add that I do nothing "special" for my plants other than talk to them :) I would also highly recommend Rob's Antique Rose.

Tracie Lenz Apr 24 2012, 10:05 AM

Rob's Boondoggle

I just received this violet today and was amazed that it came already blooming....however the color of the flowers are nothing like they look in the picture on the site.....instead of being pink with a white rim as shown, they are purple with a white rim....still pretty but I really wanted the pink/coral color as shown in the online catalogue. By the way, the packaging of violets coming from the Violet Barn is wonderful and everything arrives safe and sound and rapidly.

Claudia French Apr 05 2012, 17:49 PM

Rob's Boondoggle Review

Got this one last week and love it. It arrived blooming it's little head off as were the other minis that I ordered. In fact I like the minis so much I just ordered more.

Erica Feb 15 2011, 20:09 PM

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