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PlantFiles: Hardy Red Gloxinia
Sinningia sellovii

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sinningia (sigh-NIN-jee-uh) (Info)
Species: sellovii (sel-LOH-vee-eye) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive csn0315 On Apr 29, 2008, csn0315 from Summerdale, AL wrote:

Really cool plant! Developes a huge bulb. Mine is 6 years old and the bulb measures well over 20 inches in diameter. When it starts drooping, cut it off all the way to the bulb. It is a great hummingbird plant. My friend grows his in hanging baskets and hangs them in the garage during the winter. The birds come right up to it.

Positive rosemarysims On Jan 23, 2006, rosemarysims from Mermentau, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

There must be a way to use this hardy, year round blooming plant in the garden that escapes me! It flops - no way do those tall stems stay upright without support, and the flowers are just so cool dangling from the bloom stalk as it swoops off to the horizontal. I can see it in a rock garden drooping gracefully over a low rock wall.... On the coastal plain though, it's sure tough to show it off under Big Sky (finding a rock here is a shocking, unsettling experience), so mine stays in a pot.

The plant is very easy from cuttings and FAST to bloom. Don't feed it, it'll just chuckle at you, and like most of the gesneriads, the stems get too weak with food. It probably would not be the thug that Sinningia tubiflora is in the garden as it seems not to stoloniferize so rabidly, but I haven't tried it there.

It is a self sower, but is not too obnoxious about it.


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

Summerdale, Alabama
Jacksonville, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
Lafayette, Louisiana
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Okatie, South Carolina
Beaumont, Texas
Fate, Texas
Flint, Texas
Seadrift, Texas
Spring, Texas (2 reports)

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