Gloxinia erinoides

Photo by Gustav Ciamaga
Grown by Gustav Ciamaga

Gloxinia erinoides, formerly known as Koellikeria erinoides,  is a small plant, with attractive bright green leaves spotted with silver. The flowers are tiny, but many are produced on a tall flowering stalk. It is most effective when grown in a manner that allows the development of many bloom stalks.

G. erinoides is most often grown in terrariums, although it will do well on an open light stand or in a greenhouse. While most plants have the characteristic bicolour flowers, red above and white below, there are all white forms. There are other variants of the species, such as Gloxinia erinoides 'Red Satin.

I prefer to grow the these plants in wide pots such as bulb pans, planting many rhizomes at a time. This allows the plants to be displayed effectively, somewhat as they might appear in nature where they can form extensive mat-like ground covers.

 

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