Sinningia warmingii

  1. Calyx
  2. Horticultural requirements
  3. Going underground
  4. Feature table
  5. Publication and etymology

Sinningia warmingii is usually a tall plant, with the flowers being borne at the top of the stem.  It is easy to grow as long as it gets enough water and sunlight.

Sinningia warmingii

Sinningia warmingii


The distinctive red calyxes can be seen in this picture.


Ruth Coulson has crossed this species with S. carangolensis.  She sent me seed, from which I got an abundance of seedlings, some of which I distributed to unsuspecting members of the local Gesneriad Society chapters.

As far as I know, this is the only cross which has been done with S. warmingii.

Horticultural requirements

Despite its apparent need for lots of light, Sinningia warmingii is something of a watering wimp.  At least when growing in pots, my plants tend to wilt as soon as the soil dries out just a little bit, and the leaves burn when the weather is hot.  Sinningia leucotricha looks delicate, but it is actually lots tougher than S. warmingii.

See the drought-tolerance comparison table.

Sinningia warmingii

Going underground

On 7 December 2006, I was preparing to move a pot of S. warmingii into its winter quarters for a sleep of several months when I noticed green shoots around the rim of the pot.  When I knocked the plant out of the pot, this is what I saw.

Sinningia warmingii underground

Rhizomes!  Not only that, frustrated rhizomes.  They had been trying to expand their horizons, only to meet the impenetrable barrier of the plastic pot.  So around they went until finally giving up and coming to the surface.

The tuber itself

warmingii tuber

Feature table for Sinningia warmingii

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Upright stem
Leaves Green, often in whorls of three per node
Dormancy Stems usually deciduous


Inflorescence extended axis
Season Summer to autumn
Flower Red, tubular, with red calyx.  See a comparison with other sinningia flowers.

Horticultural aspects

From seed Thirteen months to bloom, under my conditions
Hardiness Has survived 30F (-1C) in my back yard
Recommended? Yes, if you have the room.  Easy to grow, but wants plenty of water.


Taxonomic group The core group of the Corytholoma clade.


As Gesnera warmingii by Hiern, in 1877.
As Sinningia warmingii by Chautems, in 1990.