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PlantFiles: Glossy False Sinningia
Hemiboea subcapitata var. guangdongensis

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hemiboea
Species: subcapitata var. guangdongensis

Synonym:Hemiboea henryi

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive VA_GARDEN On Nov 13, 2011, VA_GARDEN from Hood, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

A nice, rather tall ground cover that I find useful for filling in at the base of shrubs. Beautiful foliage and interesting white flowers. Deer, insects and other pests have so far left it alone in my woodland garden. In light shade and good soil that is reasonably moist (but never watered) it spreads aggressively. It has appeared in a terraced bed about 4 inches above the level of the original planting site. I also have it in dry, rather dense shade, and growth is much more contained. I wouldn't let this loose in a bed where it could overwhelm daintier specimens.

Positive Groundhog On Apr 7, 2010, Groundhog from Bronx, NY wrote:

Reported to be hardy to USDA Zone 7A, I decided to try it in a shade garden I had planted in our local community garden here in da Bronx. I planted them in late April in the shade garden, which abuts a north-facing wall of a building. While Hemiboea can take some sun, one thing this plant will not tolerate is prolonged drought. Every two weeks, I fed it with 30-30-30 tomato food, in the soil and on the leaves. They grew into shiny, robust plants over a foot across and flowered in September; the flowers are white with purple-spotted throats. They began to decline fairly quickly after blooming. In early November, I mulched them with a couple of inches of dead leaves; the goal was to protect the plant's rhizomes from a hard freeze. Even before the first day of Spring, I noticed two growths poking up through the mulch. I also noticed several horizontal green growths on the soil surface; these are fleshy (as opposed to "scaly") rhizomes, by which the plant spreads. As of today (April 7th), there are eleven new growths, and they all look quite healthy.


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

Bronx, New York
Philomath, Oregon
Greenville, South Carolina
Hood, Virginia

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