Sinningia ‘Tinkerbells’ is a hybrid of the microminiature S. concinna and the shrubby S. aggregata. It was an unusual combination, as the parents are very dissimilar in almost every character. Elena Jordan, of New York city, produced one viable seed from the cross, and grew it to maturity on her windowsill. It is intermediate in size between these very different parents, although the flower is much more reminiscent of the aggregata parent.
‘Tinkerbells’ is one of the best-loved of the older Sinningia hybrids. It has a pleasant upright habit, with some tendency to sprawl in other than bright light, soft fuzzy leaves of a pleasing green colour, and a profusion of bright lavender pink flowers held well above the foliage. It is fairly easy to grow under artificial light, and only requires regular watering and fertilizing to do well.
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