hatschbachii x glazioviana

Sinningia hatschbachii x glazioviana

  1. Feature table

We have to say, right off the bat, that this is not a world-beater hybrid.  It is mainly of interest because its parents have such different foliage and blooming habits.  On the other hand, the flowers (as can be seen by the picture) are quite similar to those of the parents.

I crossed the two parents for the usual reason: they were both in bloom.  It's not easy to make crosses with S. hatschbachii, because it blooms later than almost any other sinningia, but S. glazioviana happened to be in bloom then, so here we are.

This clash of blooming behavior will make for an interesting test.  The hybrid seedlings are coming into bloom in June 2007, just about diametrically opposite the time of year S. hatschbachii blooms (unless it's in the southern hemisphere).




Feature table for Sinningia hatschbachii x glazioviana

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate, like S. glazioviana
Habit Stems sprawling or spreading when young, like S. glazioviana, but in later years erect.
Leaves Dark green with red midveins, like S. glazioviana.  On the other hand, the leaves are 3-4 times wider than those of S. glazioviana, and much hairier.  Length-to-width ratio is midway between the two parent species.
Dormancy The plants go dormant in winter.

Flowering

Inflorescence axillary cymes of 1-2 flowers (S. glazioviana usually has one per axil).
Season Bloomed in spring 2007.  Length of blooming season yet to be determined.
Flower Red with a galea, just like both parents.  Buds have dense red hairs, also like both parents.

Horticultural aspects

From seed A couple of years to bloom, under my conditions
Hardiness No information yet.
Recommended? Not a bad plant.  Foliage and blooming season are interesting for hybridizing potential

Hybridization

Hybridizer Alan LaVergne
Fertility There is no reason to believe this hybrid is not fertile.

Botany

Taxonomic group Both parents are in the galea group of the Dircaea clade.