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PlantFiles: Gloxinia, Cardinal Flower, Helmet Flower
Sinningia cardinalis

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Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sinningia (sigh-NIN-jee-uh) (Info)
Species: cardinalis (kar-dih-NAL-iss) (Info)

Category:
Bulbs
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Red
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Dark/Black
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive RosinaBloom On Nov 26, 2013, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand wrote:

Goxinia/Cardinal Flower - a Brazilian tuber plant - can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings. It does well in morning sun and afternoon shade, and grows best in sphagnum peat moss or other forms of well-drained soil.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California
Mission Canyon, California



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