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Sinningia 'Empress Purple Spotted' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial, Houseplant or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Purple and White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

sinningia 'Empress Purple Spotted'

Family

Gesneriaceae


Sinningia can be deciduous, tuberous perennials or small, deciduous or evergreen shrubs, with simple, fleshy leaves and large, bell-shaped, to tubular flowers in summer

'Empress Purple Spotted' is a perennial grown as a biennial, with hairy ovate leaves and bell-shaped white flowers 8cm across, densely speckled with violet in the throat

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • East-facing, West-facing or South-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained, humus-rich, neutral to acid soil in partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or tubers

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by leafhoppers and thrips

Diseases

Generally disease free