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Creeping Gloxinia

Flowers are the replenishing sources of nature. Absolutely stunning colors simply sweep the earth off our feet. Creeping gloxinia is one such flower vine which not only captivates eyes but hearts as well.

A Word of Introduction
Creeping Gloxinia is botanically known as Asarina Lophospermum. The flowering plant is a herbaceous vine. Generally it is a perrenial vine however in a colder climatic conditions resumes its shape as an annual. A native to Mexican lands, the popular vine is now known to the entire world.

Distinguished by the elongated stems and internodal systems, Creeping Gloxinia is one of the ten species of the genus

Asarina and all these species are a native to Mexico. The genus,Asarina is a prominent member of the figwort family Scrophulariaceae. The variety of species differ in colors, structure, height, corrolla and inflorescence. Each variety of the species display a separate mode or form of flowers, vary in nature and other factors. however most of these species thrive well in well drained, moist soils and harness solar energy to the maximum.

The different varieties display a number of corolla hues ranging in colors like red, scarlet, violet, dark purple, whitish or light violet, etc. These bright and vibrant colors attract numerous birds and insects that get attracted to the sweet fragrance and colors. The fresh green foliage gives it a rich green appearance and makes it a perfect showy plant.


Numerous Varieties
Few of the most important varieties of the genus Asarina are:

  • Asarina erubescens (creeping gloxinia)
  • Asarina lophospermum
  • Asarina procumbens (trailing snapdragon)
  • Asarina antirrhinifolia (climbing snapdragon)
  • Asarina scandens (figwort), etc.

Hybrid Varieties
'Sun-Asaro’ is a cross bred species of Asarina genus and was developed through scientific measures in Japan. Its development was induced through asexual reproduction. The modern variety was a result of tissue culture. This distinct variety possesses a number of desired traits which have made it a highly demanded cultivar worldwide. this new variety possesses traits like purplish-red colored flowers, large and curved petals, a creeping growth habit, medium length internode and numerous branches. Not only this but this developed cultivar also shows effective resistance to pests, diseases and heat.

‘Red Dragon’ is one such other variety which shows up different growth habits and distinct features.



  • Flowers with vibrant colors and decorative inflorescence are most suited to be decorated in the gardens. All the species of Creeping Gloxinia have been established as a prominent garden plant.
  • The tubular blooms make up for a great hanging baskets, edging plants and with a strong support climb up the empty walls. The rich foliage provides it the required attractive and expanded beauty.
  • Creeping Gloxinia is also used by many florists in various decorational and ornamental purposes. It is also used as a cut flower in the bouquets.

Growth and Care
All the Asarina species including Creeping gloxinia are a major attraction of any garden. And surprisingly these sophisticated vines don not even demand extra care. Highly adaptable root systems allows these species to flourish in the diverse climatic conditions as well. However, survival is different than being attractive and to maintain the attractiveness of the beautiful vines its necessary to provide them with the basic care and fulfill their ground needs.

After all it's the denser and rich green foliage which looks delightful and the blushing inflorescence of the bunches of the flowers which catch attention deliberately. Following are a handful of instructional tips which might help you to have a glowing Creeping Gloxinia vine in your garden:

Soil conditions
Rich, well composted and fertile soil is the need of almost every plant. Creeping Gloxinia is no exception and if provided a well drained soil base, the vine grows up taking not many days to climb up the fences and the walls. And blossoms are the next welcome things which you see hanging abrupt.

Water is the lifeline of every living things however the root system of Creeping Gloxinia needs limited supply of water. Therefore keep the soil moistened but not too soggy. Extra dry and water logged conditions are a complete no-no as they hamper the strong growth of the plant. Beware, overwatering can cause root rot and crown rot diseases.

Well guarded sunlight is all that this vine needs. Neither too long hours of direct sunlight and nor too shady conditions are what will help the Creeping Gloxinia vine. but limited sunlight enhances the metabolism and nutrient suction of the plant thus showing up a direct effect on the healthy growth of the plant. Low light will lead to long spindled growth and lesser or no blooms at all.

Nourish the plant well with a weekly nourishment plant. Follow a routinized fertilizing session and use soft fertilizers containing nitrogen and potassium in good amounts as these minerals help the plant to grab a good hold on the soil and register good growth of the flowers as well. Once the blooming is over, fertilization should be stopped immediately.

It is advisable to let the plant die after the blooming period is over as a new plant emerges soon after on its own. Therefore the cycle continues.

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