Gesneria is a genus of herbs and small shrubs, which has been primarily collected from the Caribbean and Central and northern South America. Most commonly grown in the past has been G. cuneifolia, which is a small rosulate plant, with orange tubular flowers. G. ‘Lemon Drop’ is not often grown, as propagation is difficult, but its larger habit and yellow flowers make it a worthy cultivar. G. christii is a handsome plant with decorative foliage and smallish orange tubular flowers.
All of the Gesnerias are very sensitive to drought, and require good humidity. As a consequence, they are often grown in terrariums, or protected enclosures. Even a short period of dry soil will kill the plant, while many other gesneriads tolerate this quite well.