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Hardy Red Gloxinia

Sinningia sellovii

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Hardy Red Gloxinia (Sinningia sellovii) at Randy's Perennials

Hardy Red Gloxinia flowers

Hardy Red Gloxinia flowers

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7a


A beautiful and easy to grow tuber that produces long arching stems with stunning red flowers hanging vertically along them in early summer; tolerant of wide conditions, and can be used in xeriscaping; also beautiful in containers

Ornamental Features

Hardy Red Gloxinia features showy red tubular flowers with dark red spots dangling from the stems from late spring to mid summer. Its tomentose pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Hardy Red Gloxinia is an herbaceous perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hardy Red Gloxinia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Hardy Red Gloxinia will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden 
Ornamental Features