Sinningia 'Ozark Scentimental Journey'

Sometimes a nice hybrid is a joint effort.  There are (at least) two important stages in hybridization: making the cross and selecting the best of the resulting seedlings.  Here these two tasks were done by different people.

Dale Martens put pollen from "an unnamed miniature looking a lot like 'Flair'" onto Sinningia guttata.  It was her first hybrid using S. guttata as parent.  Because she was moving from Texas to Illinois, she didn't have time to raise seedlings, so she sent seed to David Harris, who took blooming seedlings to clubs and had the members pick the one with the strongest scent.  The result was Sinningia 'Ozark Scentimental Journey' -- ozark because David uses that prefix for his hybrids, scentimental because of the aroma, and journey either because it fit with scentimental or because Dale was in the middle of moving.

I got the plant from the sale at the 2007 Gesneriad Society convention in Miami Beach, where Thad Scaggs exhibited a very nice plant of it in the show.

That Scent

I must admit that neither I nor anybody whose nose I've forced into the flower can detect any noticeable fragrance.  I could not smell anything from Thad's show plant either.  It is, however, true that the scent of Sinningia guttata is quite subtle, and depends strongly on time of day.  It is quite possible I'm just trying at the wrong times.

[Update in 2011: Sure enough, there is an aroma.  Recommendation: sniff soon after the flower opens.  Perhaps the aroma dissipates, because after a day I could not smell it any more.  Very pleasant!]

No matter.  It's hard to beat the flowers.

They are large in comparison with plant size and very dramatic.

The calyxes are large and leafy, like those of the S. guttata seed parent.  The leaves, on the other hand, are closer in size and texture to miniatures like S. 'Flair'.

Feature table for Sinningia 'Ozark Scentimental Journey'

Plant Description

Growth Indeterminate
Habit Upright stem
Leaves Green, about 1/3 the size of S. guttata's
Dormancy My plant does have a tuber, but has not gone dormant yet


Inflorescence axillary cyme of 1-3 flowers, no peduncle
Flower Funnelform corolla, with flaring lobes, corolla light purple, lobes dark purple

Horticultural aspects

Hardiness My plant has survived 29 F [-2 C] outdoors. It seems to resemble its S. guttata parent in this regard, going completely dormant, with all the stems deciduous.
Recommended? Yes.  The dark purple flowers on a compact plant are very attractive.


Hybridizer Dale Martens, with selection by David Harris
Fertility Against expectations, the plant is fertile (see below).


Taxonomic group Sinningia guttata is in the Sinningia clade, and miniatures like S. 'Flair' have ancestors in the Corytholoma clade, so the hybrid should not be fertile.  However, Dale has reported getting (with difficulty) viable seed from this hybrid, so the Flair-like parent was probably tetraploid.
Nectaries Five separate, conspicuous