Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Sinningia

Specie: S. speciosa


English Name:


Common Name:

Gloxinia, Florists Gloxina

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Gesneriaceae

Name in English: Gesneria Family

The Plant

Origin: Brazil

Growth Habit: tuberous , perennial, herbaceous plant, upright.

Flower: bell-shaped, nodding, showy, ruffled edges

Blooming Period: summer. spring

Leaf: ovate to oblong, in rosette, velvety, toothed margins


Houseplant, container or garden plant. Flower lasts up to 10 days, Can be brought back after dormant period

Care and Handling

Soil: Use a good (a soil that retains water yet drains well) rich potting soil (lime free) with a little added sand will suffice.

Amount of water: Thirsty, needs a great deal of water, but avoid over watering

Nutrition: hungry plant, feed with every watering

Special handling: sensitive to mineral salts, likes light bright not direct. Care similar to relative "african violet" chill sensitive.

Special feature/remarks:

Family name honours Swiss humanist, Conrad Gessner . "speciosa" - latin = handsome. Glozinia honours Benjamin Peter Gloxin, German physician. Sinningia honours Wilhelm Sinning- gardner at the university of Bonn, Germany.