Sinningia rupicola

  1. Feature table
  2. External links
  3. Publication and etymology

Sinningia rupicola is one of the douglasii-type species, with dark leaves and streaked flowers.  Mauro's web site (see link below) states that S. rupicola grows in full sun and rocky soil.

My first plant only had a couple of anemic flowers before it died.  When I got another, I followed Mauro's advice and gave it lots of sun.  This did the trick as far as bloom, but it wilted frequently until I started watering it just about every day.

The leafback is the most striking feature, both for its color and for its sculpturing.  Some sinningias with red leafbacks lose the coloring in bright light, but not this species.


Feature table for Sinningia rupicola

Plant Description

Habit Stem upright
Leaves Dark green
Dormancy Stems deciduous, but stubs remain on tuber


Inflorescence Terminal peduncle
Season Blooms in summer
Flower Red, streaked

Horticultural aspects

From seed Three years to bloom, under my conditions
Light Mine needs sunshine to bloom, but wilts easily, so it needs lots of water too.
Hardiness Survived 30F (-1C) in my yard
Recommended? No.  Sinningia piresiana is less demanding and has better flowers and foliage.


Hybrids with this species See listing.


Taxonomic group The douglasii group of the Dircaea clade.

External Links


As Gesnera rupicola by Martius, in 1829.
As Sinningia rupicola by Wiehler, in 1978.

Etymology: From Latin rupi- ("cliff", nom. sing. rupes) + -cola ("resident on").