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Sinningia tubiflora 'Elk Cream'

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(Elk Cream Hardy Gloxinia) Unlike regular Sinningia tubiflora, this petite variety has long,  tubular flowers that are cream colored instead of pure white. Soft hairs give its mounding foliage a silvery green look, velvety texture, and drought resistance.

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Common name
This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
Elk Cream Hardy Gloxinia
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
24"/24"/30"+
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun to partial shade
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Rich and well drained
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in. All will be well rooted & branched and ready to grow when planted. Our STANDARD pot is 3 1/2 inches across and 4 inches deep and have a volume of 1.0 pints or 473 ml.
Standard
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
Hummingbird plant?
Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
Yes
Mature height
The mature height of this plant in average conditions.
1 to 2 feet
Mature spread
The mature width of this plant in average conditions.
1 to 2 feet
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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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(Elk Cream Hardy Gloxinia) Unlike regular Sinningia tubiflora, this petite variety has long,  tubular flowers that are cream colored instead of pure white. Soft hairs give its mounding foliage a silvery green look, velvety texture, and drought resistance.

The Sinningia genus was once known botanically as Gloxinia. It’s part of the gesneriad family (Gesneriaceae), which is best known for African violets. Gloxinias are native to South America, with this species hailing from Argentina and Uruguay. This isn’t a frost-tolerant perennial. Instead, its common name includes the word “hardy,” because Elk Cream can withstand chilly temperatures down to about 15 degrees F.

Elk Cream grows well in full sun to partial shade and in rich soil with good drainage. It spreads easily by underground tubers. Tolerant of salty spray, it’s a good choice for coastal areas with mild winters.

The fragrant flowers of Sinningia tubiflora ‘Elk Cream’ smell similar to lemon. But it’s the nectar and slender barrels of its blossoms that attract hummingbirds. These floral tubes actually are fused petals that flare into ruffled looking bells at their tips, making them look like they have corollas.

The genus is named for Wilhelm Sinning (1792-1874) who was a gardener at Germany's University of Bonn Botanical Garden. Sinning co-authored the 1825 book A Collection of Beautiful Flowering Plants, which contained one of the first botanical illustrations of a gloxinia.

When “Elk” appears in any plant name in our catalog, it indicates that Flowers by the Sea Farm developed the plant. Elk Cream Hardy Gloxinia is the result of careful seedling selection and multiple rounds of trialing to arrive at excellence.