Sinningia sp. (Siningia) is a plant native to Brazil that thrives in USDA Zones 9-11. Its caudex consists of thick, cylindrical roots that resemble a bonsai-like growth giving an attractive appearance to the groundcover. It stands about 2 ft. (60 cm) tall and its mature foliage becomes large and lustrous. It behaves differently in regions with cooler climates; the caudex of Sinningia sp. remains dormant during winter and its foliage is shed, while it is active during the warmer months.
In its natural habitats, Sinningia sp. is borne on bushes growing in semi-shade. Its colorful blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and come in a range of colors from pink, white, off-white, blue, lavender, purple, red, crimson and vinous. Its regular water requirements keep it looking lush and extend the period during which it flowers.
Sinningia sp. is a wonderful addition to any garden in regions that experience a temperate climate. It prefers to be potted in sandy, well-drained soils and should receive ample shade. In cold regions, it should be stored in an unheated garage (with temperatures between 7-13 degrees Celsius) during the winter months. It should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings to avoid waterlogging, fungus, and plant diseases. As Sinningia sp. prefers full sunlight or semi-shade, container plants should receive either by being placed outside or kept in a well-lit space. If grown in a pot, it is necessary to repot periodically to ensure the soil remains vibrant, aerated, and loose. The plant also requires regular fertilization to ensure it remains healthy and flowers abundantly.
Overall, Sinningia sp. is a rewarding species native to Brazil that is easy to care for and keeps gardens vibrant with its colorful flowers. Its attractive caudex growth and exceedingly hardy nature make it desirable for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance and drought-tolerant groundcover plant.