Sinningia iarae

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I showed a photo of this plant when the leaves are fully emerged in the post about Erika’s unusual house plants.

This is what it looks like when the tuber is just beginning to come out of dormancy. At this stage the plant brings to mind a flattened potato crossed with an African violet that has exceptionally soft and velvety leaves.

Here’s a photo of a flower that had just fallen from the larger plant:

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If you’d like to learn more, I’ve found this page to be very helpful. It includes photos of other Sinningias in their native habitat in Brazil, which goes a long way to explaining the kind of growing conditions it prefers.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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One thought on “Sinningia iarae

  1. Hi Gayla. Just a correction to the botanical name. The tuber in the pot is Sinningia Micans. The flower bud below belongs to Sinningia Iarae.

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