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Seemannia nematanthoides 'Evita'

Previously known as:

  • Fritschiantha nematanthodes 'Evita'
  • Gloxinia nematanthodes 'Evita'
Phonetic Spelling
see-MAHN-ee-a
Description

After a plant exploration trip to Argentina, Evita Gloxinia was introduced by Plants Delight Nursery in 2004.  It is a tropical looking cultivar with red stems and screaming orange/red flowers.  It is a perennial plant in the African Violet family.  The parent plant is native to high mountain regions of Argentina making it very cold hardy for a gloxinia.  Its leaves are fuzzy and cling close to the ground making the plant no taller than a foot in height. 

Keep plants dry in their dormant winter months.  In the spring, it is slower than other plants to emerge.  Expect sprouts to appear in April.  

Great for a shady location with other shade plants.  Its spread will accent other plants without becoming overpowering.  

It spreads by above ground stolons, making it an excellent choice as groundcover for shady areas.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#perennials#succulent#red flowers#cut flowers#shade garden#orange flowers#velvety#herbaceous#tropical perennials#long bloom time#cutting garden#mid-summer flowers#late summer flowers#winter hardy#humidity tolerant#compact habit#early fall flowers#tropical feel#cutting#compact
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#perennials#succulent#red flowers#cut flowers#shade garden#orange flowers#velvety#herbaceous#tropical perennials#long bloom time#cutting garden#mid-summer flowers#late summer flowers#winter hardy#humidity tolerant#compact habit#early fall flowers#tropical feel#cutting#compact
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Seemannia
    Species:
    nematanthoides
    Family:
    Gesneriaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Bolivia to NW. Argentina
    Wildlife Value:
    Hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Colorful
    Shade
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Cascading
    Horizontal
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1" long bright red-orange bells with four petals appear in July and bloom until frost.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    Erect stem.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    Rock Garden
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Humidity