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Any of several tropical South American plants of the genus Sinningia, especially S. speciosa, cultivated as a houseplant for its showy, variously colored flowers.

[New Latin Gloxinia, name of genus in which S. speciosa was originally classified, after Benjamin Peter Gloxin, 18th-century German botanist.]
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(Plants) any of several tropical plants of the genus Sinningia, esp the South American S. speciosa, cultivated for its large white, red, or purple bell-shaped flowers: family Gesneriaceae
[C19: named after Benjamin P. Gloxin, 18th-century German physician and botanist who first described it]
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(glɒkˈsɪn i ə)

n., pl. -i•as.
a cultivated tropical plant, Sinningia speciosa, of the gesneria family, with hairy leaves and bell-shaped flowers.
[1815–25; after Benjamin P. Gloxin (flourished 1785), German physician and botanist; see -ia]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gloxinia - any of several plants of the genera Gloxinia or Sinningia (greenhouse gloxinias) having showy bell-shaped flowersgloxinia - any of several plants of the genera Gloxinia or Sinningia (greenhouse gloxinias) having showy bell-shaped flowers
family Gesneriaceae, gesneria family, Gesneriaceae - large family of tropical herbs or shrubs or lianas; in some classification systems placed in the order Scrophulariales
Canterbury bell, Gloxinia perennis - herb of Colombia to Peru having pale purple flowers
florist's gloxinia, Gloxinia spesiosa, Sinningia speciosa - South American herb cultivated in many varieties as a houseplant for its large handsome leaves and large variously colored bell-shaped flowers
houseplant - any of a variety of plants grown indoors for decorative purposes
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[glɒkˈsɪnɪə] Ngloxínea f
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If he did, these domestic activities were privately performed, and he presented to the world the appearance of a careless and hospitable millionaire strolling into his own drawing-room with the detachment of an invited guest, and saying: "My wife's gloxinias are a marvel, aren't they?
As well as vegetables, the couple, who will hand over the reins of secretary and treasurer to Alison and Bob Parker, who open their garden for charity, both enjoy growing flowers including roses, alliums and gloxinias. Val says many of the members also exhibit their fruits of their labour at shows around the country.
He was an avid gardener, using "walls of water" to establish tomato seedlings early in the growing season and raising gloxinias and subsequently irises.
Try gloxinias, cyclamens, and primroses, even if these plants are short lived and soon end up in the compost pile.
The popular African violets (Saintpaulia), lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus), and gloxinias (Sinningia) are widely cultivated as houseplants.
As gloxinias finish flowering, remove faded blooms and gradually withhold water until the leaves wither, then stand the pots in a dry position where the bulbs can rest until they resume growth in spring.
It belongs to the family gesneriaceae which includes African violets, gloxinias and achimenes.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed watching old movies, needlepointing and gardening, she also raised her own Gloxinias.
Start gloxinias into growth by setting them in boxes of light, moist soil.
They're great for growing indoor plants that need consistent moisture, such as gloxinias and parsley"
Propagate African violets, begonias and gloxinias by taking leaf cuttings