Gesneriads Galore in D.C.

The National Capital Area Chapter of The Gesneriad Society recently held its annual show at U.S. National Arboretum. The most popular gesneriads are, of course African violets, one of the most popular houseplants in the world, probably followed by the florist Gloxinia, and the Cape Primrose(Streptocarpus). But there are many more unusual and beautiful genera and this show is a great opportunity to see some of these. They range in size from plants more than one foot across to miniatures that can fit in the palm of your hand. Many of them make great houseplants, while others require special conditions to thrive. Here are a few photos from the 2010 show.

Sinningia Orange Zinger
Sinningia Orange Zinger

Saintpaulia Pixie Redhead--one of the few African violets on display!
Saintpaulia Pixie Redhead--one of the few African violets on display

Streptocarpus Roulette Cherry
Streptocarpus Roulette Cherry

Genseriad Society members were on hand to answer questions–the members are very friendly and happy to offer advice on how to grow these gems. Many gesneriads, such a the Cape Primrose and Kohlerias will even thrive in a bright window as houseplants, while others do very well in terrariums. There is also a sales table where you can pick up young plants, cuttings, and seed at very reasonable prices.

Chirita brassicoides 'Marble Leaf'
Chirita brassicoides 'Marble Leaf'
Sinningia 'Georgia Sunset'
Sinningia 'Georgia Sunset'
Petrocosmea begoniifolia-grown for its perfect symmetry and richly textured leaves
Petrocosmea begoniifolia-grown for its perfect symmetry and richly textured leaves
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Kohleria Peridot's Rolo
Kohleria Peridot's Rolo

For more information visit The National Capital Chapter of The Gesneriad Society. Meetings are held several time a year at the National Arboretum and new members are always welcome to learn how to grow gesneriads as house plants, trade plants and cuttings, and enjoy the gesneriad plants on display by members.

2 Replies to “Gesneriads Galore in D.C.”

  1. Do you know who the parents are of Sinningia georgia sunset…..I like the flowers and have a plant with her in the parentage….sharon

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