Sinningia 'Li'l Georgie'

georgie: plant
  1. Spots on the Flowers
  2. Feature table

[The red floss in the picture is from a hybridizing attempt than didn't pan out.]

Sinningia 'Li'l Georgie' is a nice micro hybrid between S. concinna and S. muscicola ("Rio das Pedras"), done by Jim Steuerlein of Florida.  Jim says it is easier to grow that either parent; he can grow it in the open, unenclosed.

I have grown it both in the open and unenclosed, and it has bloomed for me both ways, but so far [December 2010] it has grown best for me enclosed.

Tubers of this hybrid were distributed at the meeting of the Gesneriad Hybridizers Association in July 2009, held as part of the Gesneriad Society convention in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Although the general habit is a rosette shape, the plant eventually develops stems, as can be seen in the back on the left in the picture above.  The stems are crowded with leaves, and each axil usually bears a flower.

Spots on the Flowers

georgie: flowers

The flowers have spots in the throat of the corolla, as do those of S. concinna.  However, in S. concinna, the spots extend out onto the lower three corolla lobes, although they are not as dark.  In addition, the two upper corolla lobes are paler than the dark purple of S. concinna, having a greater resemblance to the coloring of S. muscicola.

georgie: throat

The spots in the throat of the flower can be seen in the picture to the left.  In this picture, the colors were enhanced to bring out the spotting.

Note that the flowers do not have the spur that Sinningia pusilla does.  This is not surprising, since neither of this hybrid's parents have the spur.  This floral spur can be seen on a comparison page.




Feature table for Sinningia 'Li'l Georgie'

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Small rosette-like plant which offsets readily.
Leaves Similar to those of S. "Rio das Pedras" in shape and marking, but larger. 
Dormancy Has a tuber, but has not gone dormant under my conditions

Flowering

Inflorescence Axillary cymes, one flower per axil.
Flowering So far, continuous
Flower Light purple, with white region on lower corolla lobe.  Spotting in throat but not on corolla lobes.

Horticultural aspects

Hardiness Not tested yet.
Recommended? Yes.  Attractive plant.  Culture seems to be easy so far.

Hybridization

Hybridizer Jim Steuerlein
Fertility Jim says it is fertile, and that he has F2s.