Hardy Gloxinia
Seemannia sylvatica 'Bolivian Sunset'

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Seemannia (see-MAHN-ee-a) (Info)
Species: sylvatica (sil-VAT-ee-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Bolivian Sunset
Synonym:Gesneria sylvatica
Synonym:Gloxinia sylvatica

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Roseville, California

Belleview, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Deland, Florida

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fort White, Florida

Frostproof, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Inverness, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lynn Haven, Florida

Miami, Florida (3 reports)

Miccosukee Cpo, Florida

Naples, Florida

Oakland, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Sorrento, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana (2 reports)

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Okatie, South Carolina

Bellaire, Texas

Galveston, Texas

Hallettsville, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Missouri City, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

12
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RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 11, 2012, Tropicalnikko from Brisbane bayside
Australia (Zone 11) wrote:

Very beautiful plant. I inherited this plant, had no idea what it was called until today.

The first plant I had I accidentally killed by over feeding, however when emptying the pot out I found little shots which are now happily growing where I throw them.

Very easy plant to go.

Positive

On Dec 10, 2010, ThomPotempa from Houston, TX wrote:

One of those plants that when you first see it "you got to be kidding me".

This stuff is fantastic. Did very well in the deep freeze last year. Blooms in the drought conditions. We did have a slight freeze the day after Thanksgiving and it all turned black... and now there are new green shoots going wild a few weeks after this.

A funky plant. Love it.

Positive

On May 19, 2010, islandmayor from Pascagoula, MS wrote:

My husband and I found this plant in a little garden shop in Key West, early December, several years ago. It had no label and the sales person had no idea what it was, but I fell in love with the beautiful orange flowers and the dark green foliage. I planted it in my garden in Pascagoula, Ms on the Gulf Coast and it came back every year and bloomed around Nov - Dec. However, when the first frost came, it would die back. I finally found what I thought was the plant in my Southern Living Gardner's Book(which I love by the way) and have since found it here. I am delighted to be able to purchase another plant. It's easy to grow and very nice to see the blooms in early winter !!

Positive

On Dec 10, 2009, DCTropics from Washington, DC wrote:

The correct name for this species is now Seemannia sylvatica.

Positive

On Nov 19, 2007, yanthi from Solo
Indonesia wrote:

Hello,

The 'Bolivian Sunset' or Gloxinia sylvatica is also growing in Indonesia.
I took some plants home and will send pictures as soon they flowering again.

Regards,

Yanthi Syamsihono.

Positive

On May 25, 2007, District826 from Frostproof, FL wrote:

I have been fooling with these plants a lot lately in the plant shop I work in. A few weeks ago I was doing some major cleaning, and a piece of this plant broke off and hit the ground behind the shelves, out of my reach. Well, today I was playing 'snake wrangler' and trying to get a snake out of the shop when I happened upon the piece that had broken off a few weeks back, and much to my surprise, it was growing!!! Right there on the concrete, it had started rooting and growing! Not only is this a unique and beautiful plant, it seems to be rather easy to propagate!

Positive

On Mar 3, 2007, JoyceDee from Fort White, FL wrote:

When I asked a friend to purchase a Gloxinia for me, she brought the Brazilian Sunset. I thought she made a BIG mistake and went to the garden shop where she purchased it. Was I in for a BIG surprise! It has died down now, but I expect (from reading the entries) that it will come back to life soon. I KNOW I'm going to LOVE it! Thanks to all for the info.
Joyce

Positive

On Aug 4, 2005, Stuber from Fernandina Beach, FL wrote:

This plant does well as far north as extreme N. Florida (8b-9a). It gets nipped back a bit in the late winter, early spring, but comes right on back from the rhizomes and is a "neat" non-aggressive spreader. It could be grown for the attractive dark, shiny vegetation alone, but the bright orange blooms, especially in the winter when nothing else is blooming, are quite eye-catching. If you can tolerate a fairly bare patch in your garden for a couple of months before the plants re-awaken and start to fill in, I would highly recommend giving it a try.

Positive

On Jun 24, 2005, luvferretstoo from Deland, FL wrote:

First saw this plant in Yahala FL, at the Yahala Bakery. It formed a lush bed, with innumerable blooms, about 2 1/2 feet tall. A few months later, we stopped by and it had been trimmed to about 6 inches.
I picked up a few plants in Daytona Beach. It grows fast and spreads. The plants with at least partial shade, fare better. They will die back on their own, then pop up again. We live in Central Florida.

luvferretstoo

Positive

On Nov 27, 2004, graciemae from Sealy, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Bought this plant as a small specimen - grew in kitchen window for months, when it looked like it needed to be thrown away I took it out side, decided to plant it in the ground and now have a large bed - growing larger every year. One year with a colder winter than usual it froze back, but came back in the spring. I love the color in winter and like that it grows in the shade - great plant for north side of house. It's fascinating how it sets blooms as soon as we have a few nights in the 50's and blooms all winter.

Positive

On Oct 11, 2004, bugraooo from Port Saint Lucie, FL wrote:

Grown outdoors in dappled shade with plenty of water, the density of the foliage and flowers makes a spectacular show. Mine died down in the spring , then came back during the rainy season.

Positive

On Aug 17, 2003, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a great fall to early winter flowering perennial in central Florida, in moist soil in partial shade. It spreads rapidly from rhizomes and forms a dense ground cover. I give flowering starts of it from my garden as Christmas presents!

The above was written in 2003, the patches of Gloxinia that I have now occupy about 20 square feet or more of solid cover. The first flowers appeared in late October, and it has flowered continuously until now (April 4, 2005) and the last of its flowers will be gone in a few days.