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Sinningia 'Fat Dragon'

Family Name: Gesneriaceae

Sinningia ‘Fat Dragon’ is a short tuberous herb with hairy egg-shaped leaves and tubular flowers borne on long stems. Flowers are pink with white lower lip, shading to a greenish yellow throat with red markings. Cultivars of Sinningia are popular with plant hobbyists because most are long-lived, easy to grow, and produce flowers that are unusual and attractive.

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


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Genus Epithet
Infraspecific Epithet
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 tuberous herb with shorts stems, giving this species a rosette like appearance.
Foliage Its leaves are egg-shaped, green to olive, covered in soft hairs. The leaves have a toothed leaf margin.
Flowers Its flowers are tubular, attached to a long stem. Flowers are pink with white lower lip, shading to a greenish yellow throat with red 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 Easy to Grow
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting, Prefers Cool Environment
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Propagation Method Leaf Cutting


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

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Master ID 33949
Species ID 8365
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Species record last updated on: 17 June 2021.