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Sinningia 'Mighty Mouse'

Family Name: Gesneriaceae

Sinningia ‘Mighty Mouse’ is a short tuberous herb with hairy ovate leaves and tubular flowers borne on long stems. Flowers are lilac, shading into a yellow throat 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 Cool Climate 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


Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a minature tuberous herb, with short stems giving this cultivar a rosette-like appearance.
Foliage Its leaves are egg-shaped, green, covered in soft hairs. The leaves have a toothed leaf margin and reddish-purple underside.
Flowers Its flowers are small, tubular, lilac, shading into with a yellow mouth and purple markings.
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 Well-Drained Soils, Low Humidity / Aircon
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 Division


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

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Purple, White

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Master ID 33579
Species ID 7993
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Species record last updated on: 13 July 2021.