An unusual, upright, mounding, herbaceous perennial of the gesneriad family (Sinningia, African violet, Gloxinia).
It typically grows 40 to 45cm tall but spreads to 60cm wide or more on thick, glossy, dark green leaves which resemble the leaves of some hostas. In optimum growing conditions, plants will spread rapidly by rhizomes to 150cm wide over the first 2-3 years.
This plant is native to the montane slopes, shaded wet forest valleys and moist woodland areas in central to southeastern China.
Tubular, 60cm long, white (sometimes flushed pink) flowers with purple spotting in the throat bloom in clusters of 3 to 10 flowers in July-August.
This is very rare in UK cultivation.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Glossy dark green
Humus rich, moist