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Gloxinia, Cardinal Flower, Helmet Flower
Sinningia cardinalis

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

Regional

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

Brea, California

Santa Barbara, California

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Nov 26, 2013, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) 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.