Sinningia leucotricha (Hoehne) H.E.Moore
Sinningia leucotricha is an attractive succulent with a large rounded tuber from which a few short annual stems emerge, holding small, fuzzy silver-green leaves, usually in whorls of 4. The tuber can reach a foot (30 cm) in diameter. The leaves are egg-shaped to elliptic and can reach 6 inches (15 cm) in length and 4 inches (10 cm) in width.
The reddish-orange flowers appear just above the leaves from spring to early summer. The leaves lose the silver cast as flowers fade and then drop off to start a dormancy period. The timing is not always predictable, and the leaves will sometimes stay on the plant longer, only shedding them when the new leaves emerge in early spring.
Sinningia leucotricha is native to Brazil (Paraná).
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Sinningias grow from tubers, so there is seasonality to them. When the plant is actively growing, keep it lightly moist. When the foliage dies back, mist the soil regularly to keep the tubers from drying out too much. Start your regular watering when new leaves start to show. Like most plants, Sinningias can survive a short drought but don't recover from drowning. Use tepid water when watering. Nobody enjoys a cold shower. Water the soil, not the plant. Sinningias are prone to crown rot and gray mold when the leaves stay wet. Do not let the plant sit in water. It must be well-drained.
Sinningias are shade plants. They have the same light requirements as an African Violet. Morning or soft, late afternoon light is best. That means an East, shaded West, or North-facing window. By all means, avoid direct sun during the harsh "skin cancer" hours of the day.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Sinningia.
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