Sinningia speciosa



Also known as Gloxinia speciosa. Tuberous, rosette-forming perennial to 30cm high and wide. The velvety, ovate leaves grow to 20cm long. The 5cm long flowers are funnel-shaped and range in colour from white, red and purple.


Ornamental flowering plant suitable for container growing in a sheltered position.


Originating from Brazil, Gloxinia is usually grown as an indoor plant as the flowers collapse after rain. Provide a brightly lit position out of full sun. Prefers moist, peaty growing media. Frost sensitive. After flowering, tubers can be dried out and stored in a frost-free position. Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring or seed in spring.


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