Sinningia ‘Owlsee Red Hot’

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  • Photographer: Jim Roberts
  • Grown by: Jim Roberts

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This fine hybrid of Sinningia bullataS. ‘Kevin Garnett’ was created by Alcie Maxwell. It has what is known as “calyx double” features. The calyx, rather than being the usual small leafy green structure, has morphed into a “tube” enveloping the corolla tube. The prominent calyx lobes then have the appearance of extra petals. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as “tube-in-tube” or “hose-in-hose”, the latter implying pulling on two pairs of socks or nylons.

S. ‘Owlsee Red Hot’ likes a lot of light, and can be grown outdoors to good effect. The feature plant above was grown on a Florida lanai, outdoors for most of its life. Other photos are of plants grown indoors under lights.

This hybrid typically produces a very prominent tuber, most often allowed to grow above the soil level and become part of the display.

Additional photos can be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the links below: