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Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.


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Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.


Plant Profiles

Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: Tube-flowered Sinningia

"Hardy" gloxinia: Why have just one—or even just half a dozen? They flower all Summer, are easy in the garden where hardy (south of Washington, DC), and just as easy in a year-round container where tender. 



Flowers can be yellow, rust, pink, red, or white, in sizes ranging from tiny (a quarter inch), medium (an inch), to—as below—large, indeed. 






These are the four-inch white trumpets of tube-flowered hardy gloxinia, Sinningia tubiflora, which is enjoying all the heat and sun this powerful Summer can provide. They are reported as being fragrant (I'll take another sniff), but I can vouch that hummingbirds visit them.




As is typical for species and cultivars of hardy gloxinia, the flowers are held a foot or so above the dense mound of fuzzy foliage. If you're gardening in Zone 7b and warmer, this Sinningia is so vigorous it can function as a groundcover. In my experience, rabbits, raccoons, possums, and groundhogs all leave the foliage and flowers alone, so it's likely that this plant is deer-proof as well.



Here's a look at an equally free-flowering cousin, Sinningia 'Bananas Foster', during a mid-Winter repotting. The hardiness, habit, and cultural needs of Sinningia tubiflora are similar. 


Here's a look at another equally free-flowering cousin—in flower, too—Sinningia 'Towering Inferno', as well as how to grow this and most other forms of Sinningia that, like those in this article, are hardy into Zone 7. The habit and cultural needs of Sinningia tubiflora are similar.

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