Sinningia concinna

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  • Photographer: Sue Hodges
  • Grown by: Sue Hodges

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Sinningia concinna is one of the “micro” species of Sinningia.   A plant may have one or more crowns, but each crown is usually less that 5 cm [2 inches] in diameter.  The species is prized for its beautifully spotted flowers and nicely marked foliage.  It was the second micro species to be published, the first being S. pusilla.  Two more micro species have since been discovered: S. muscicola and S. minima.

This species is similar in size and general form to S. pusilla, although it has a rosier color and decorative purple spots.

Unlike S. pusilla, S. concinna does not set seed easily, and is generally more difficult to grow well. It requires relatively high humidity (50% or more).  People with dry growing environments can use terrarium conditions, but growers with the 50% or more in their homes can grow it unenclosed in natural light.

It is the parent of many hybrids, including S. ‘Cindy’, one of the first of the widely grown miniature sinningias, and has contributed its delicate form and spotted throat to a remarkable number of other hybrids.  The hybrid of S. concinna with S. pusilla, S. ‘Wood Nymph’, is very popular, as is S. ‘Bright Eyes’, the backcross of ‘Wood Nymph’ to pusilla.  An unlikely cross is the hybrid with S. sellovii, Dave Zaitlin’s S. ‘Deep Purple Dreaming’.

Several other photos of S. concinna are on the site, and can be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the following links.

Close-ups of a flower may be seen by clicking here and here. A whole plant, part of which is pictured above, shows the perfect symmetry possible with expert growing. A show plant illustrates an effective use of a decorative pot.