Seemannia, Hardy Gloxinia 'Bolivian Sunset'

Seemannia sylvatica

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



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Foley, Alabama

Roseville, California

Belleview, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Deland, Florida

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fort White, Florida

Frostproof, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Inverness, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Kissimmee, 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(2 reports)

Sanford, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Sorrento, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Umatilla, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii

Leilani Estates, Hawaii

Nanawale Estates, Hawaii

Pahoa, Hawaii

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:


On Feb 7, 2017, Harpic from Kissimmee,
United States (Zone 9b) wrote:

Perfect plant for a Florida snowbird. Flowers available in Winter and Spring when I over-winter in Florida. I can leave it alone from one winter to the next with no care needed in between. It has a slightly vigorous spreading rate and a slight tendency to get leggy - but these slight tendencies are very easily remedied. Pretty and floriferous.


On Dec 21, 2015, gardenaloha from Pahoa, HI wrote:

Was given a plant 8 years ago. It's now growing in clusters in four of my beds, only one of which I chose, as this plant has a mind of its own about where it likes to grow. Although mildly invasive, it's so pretty that I usually let it be until it encroaches too much on other plants. Best location for it in a wet subtropical environment is confinement within strict borders. Needs to be cut back periodically when it gets leggy. Seems happiest in spots with 4 hours sun daily.


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.


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.


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 !!


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

The correct name for this species is now Seemannia sylvatica.


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


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.


Yanthi Syamsihono.


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!


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.