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Products > Sinningia 'Invasion Force'
Sinningia 'Invasion Force' - Hardy Pink Gloxinia

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Gesneriaceae (Gesnerias)
Origin: South America
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Parentage: (S. tubiflora x S. sellovii)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Sinningia 'Invasion Force' - Hardy Pink Gloxinia - This tuberous perennial hybrid of two South American species forms a spreading mound of soft rounded gray-green leaves. These leaves rise up from potato like tubers to about 1 foot tall and in late spring to early summer are produced the 1 to 2 foot tall unbranched slightly arching inflorescences topped by pendulous tubular pink flowers with flared petal tips. These flowers are lightly fragrant and attractive to hummingbirds. Plant in full sun (where it blooms best) to light shade in just about any soil or in a pot where its spreading nature can be controlled and irrigate regularly to sparingly and is best if on the dry side in winter when semi-deciduous. It is drought tolerant even when in active growth in a container. This plant is tolerant to cold temperatures possibly as low as 5 F - the tubers can be exposed to be shown off in a pot but then it is more sensitive to damage from cold temperatures. One parent, Sinningia tubiflora reportedly can handle salt spray near the beach. This plant is the result of crossing the white flowering gray foliaged Sinningia tubiflora with Sinningia sellovii, which has rough textured larger green leaves and dusky red flowers. We received this plant from John Ingram of Floral Architecture who tells us that this hybrid was grown from seed from the Gesneriad society. He calls it 'Invasion Force' because of its vigor, noting that it filled a 4 foot by 4 foot planter box within 2 years. The genus was named for Wilhelm Sinning (1792-1874) a gardener and botanist at the University of Bonn Botanical Garden.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Sinningia 'Invasion Force'.