Sinningia eumorpha (white)
by John Boggan
Grown at L. H. Bailey Hortorium
S. eumorpha is perhaps the most widely used species in hybridization. With the microminiature species (concinna and pusilla) it gave rise to the popular miniature sinningia hybrids. With larger-growing species, it has provided large flower size and robust qualities. And it is more than worthwhile to grow just for its own elegant charm.
The species is quite variable, with many color patterns. The most common is a lavender shade, often with purple lines and a yellow throat. A pink form is probably of hybrid origin, but has contributed a clear pink color to hybrids with the true species.