Specie: S. speciosa
Gloxinia, Florists Gloxina
Name in Latin: Gesneriaceae
Name in English: Gesneria Family
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.
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.