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Seemannia sylvatica 'Bolivian Sunset'


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Seemannia sylvatica 'Bolivian Sunset'

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(Bolivian Sunset Hardy Gloxinia) These flowers have a glow that lights up a shady spot. Furry and rich in color - and two inches long - they are numerous to the point of almost hiding the attractive dark green leaves during their peak. This spectacular Gesneriad comes form high elevations in the Bolivian Andes, and is Zone 8 hardy with proper mulching.

Grow this special plant in a broken shade in a warm spot, and you will be rewarded with it's late Summer to Fall flower explosion.  A great container plant, which allows one to use this great plant in colder Zones.  A reliable herbaceous perennial, it is a bit late to emerge but blooms until the first frost.

Highly recommended.

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Common name  
Bolivian Sunset Hardy Gloxinia
USDA Zones  
8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)  
12"/18"/18"
Exposure  
Partial shade
Soil type  
Well drained & rich
Water needs  
Water loving
Pot size  
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?  
Yes
Our price
10.50

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Exposure

Heat tolerant
Heat tolerant
Morning sun / Afternoon shade
Morning sun / Afternoon shade
Partial shade
Partial shade

Garden Uses

Container plant
Container plant

Growing Habit

8 - 11
8 - 11
12 inches tall
12 inches tall
18 inches wide
18 inches wide
Ground cover
Ground cover
Perennial
Perennial

Water Needs

Average water
Average water
Water loving
Water loving

Blooming Season

Fall blooming
Fall blooming
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