Sinningia 'Tampa Bay Beauty'


Sinningia 'Tampa Bay Beauty' was hybridized by Paul Cummiskey, who also created S. 'Anne Crowley'.  This hybrid was produced at Small's, a nursery in Florida which used to be one of the leaders in gesneriad hybridizing.

This plant is famous both for its beautiful red flowers produced in great abundance, and for its unbeautiful leaves.  The curled and often twisted foliage makes it difficult to get "cultural perfection" from this plant, so it is not seen as often in shows as its flowers would suggest.

See a picture of its tuber.

The tuber did not survive the freeze of January 2007.

Feature table for Sinningia 'Tampa Bay Beauty'

Plant Description

Growth Determinate
Habit Upright stems with few leaf pairs
Leaves Green, hairy
Dormancy Stems fully deciduous


Inflorescence axillary cymes from the uppermost nodes
Season Blooms in summer
Flower Tubular, red

Horticultural aspects

Hardiness Survived 28F in my yard, but was killed at 26 F (-3.5 C)


Hybridizer Paul Cummiskey
Fertility This hybrid must be fertile, since Mike Kartuz used it to create S. 'Roxy'.