The African Violet Society of America, Inc. (AVSA) was organized on November 8, 1946, and incorporated on June 30, 1947. Since then it has grown to be one of the largest societies devoted to a single indoor plant in the world.


The purposes of AVSA are to:

  • provide a convenient association for people interested in African violets
  • stimulate interest in propagation and culture of African violets
  • promote distribution of all varieties and species among members and others interested in growing them
  • publish reliable, practical information about plants and the organization

AVSA membership, which includes both amateur and commercial growers, spans the globe. There are national groups in many countries of the world. The purposes of AVSA are carried out, in part, by a strong network of affiliate clubs, state and regional societies, councils of societies, and judges councils.

Growing beautiful African violets is a challenge, and AVSA-sponsored African violet shows staged at the AVSA conventions and by AVSA affiliate chapters stimulate interest in growing. In AVSA Standard Shows, plants are judged on merit by AVSA judges according to the appropriate AVSA scales of points.

AVSA is the International Cultivar Registration Authority for the genus Saintpaulia. This registry is now available to the public with the purchase of updatable software titled First Class which is sold by the AVSA office or through the online store.

Information about AVSA’s many publications, services and activities is available in the African Violet Magazine, from the AVSA Office, and from the official website. The African Violet Society of America Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.