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Sinningia 'Li'l Georgie'

Family Name: Gesneriaceae

Sinningia ‘Li’l Georgie’ is a mini tuberous herb with hairy ovate leaves and tubular flowers borne on long stems. Flowers are two-toned, purple and white with purple markings. Cultivars of Sinningia are popular with plant hobbyists because most are easy to grow, long-lived and produce flowers that are unusual and attractive.

Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Flowers Herbaceous


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Species Summary

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a miniature tuberous herb, with short stems giving this cultivar a rosette-like appearance.
Foliage Its leaves are egg-shaped, green, covered in soft hairs. The underside of the leaf is purple with blackish midribs and veins. The leaves have a toothed leaf margin.
Flowers Its flowers are small, tubular, two toned, purple and white with purple markings.
Taxonomy This is a hybrid between Sinningia concinna and Sinningia muscicola.
Cultivation Similar to African violets, it prefers to grow in well-drained soil under indirect or filtered light. Ensure that the plant is grown in a small pot, water moderately to prevent soggy soil that will cause the tubers to rot.
Etymology The genus, ‘Sinningia’, is named in honor of Wilhelm Sinning, German horticulturist of the Botanical Garden of the University of Bonn.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting, Terrarium

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Plant Growth Rate Fast
Propagation Method Storage Organ, Tissue Culture


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Purple
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Purple, White
Flower Location Axillary

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Master ID 32994
Species ID 7408
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Species record last updated on: 13 July 2021.