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Sinningia Leucotricha with Mini Bench Planter


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Sinningia leucotricha is a weird and wonderful bulb native to Brazil. It grows in the wild on rocky cliff faces and is often found amongst ferns and species of jungle cacti. It has aruably the most beautiful foliage if all the Sinningia with leaves that are covered in silvery-white velvety hairs that you just want to caress. These beautiful leaves are produced on white furry stems that sprout from its caudex (water storing bulb).

It produces red to orange tubular flowersthat are pollinated by Hummingbirds in the wild (but probably not in your home).


These beautiful plants like regular watering, like once or more per week throughout the growing season (whilst they are producing leaves). When watering make sure that you water the soil only and not the plant as they can be prone to fungal infection because of their beautiful furry foliage. 

Like many caudex plants these lovely ladies have a dormancy period through winter where the stems will wither and die back. During this time you can cut off the dead stems and occasionally mist the surface of the soil to prevent the caudex from drying out to much. Resist the urge to water properly until you start to see new shoots arising from the caudex.


An easy plant to care for, it likes bright indirect light but will tolerate more shade. It is happy in a humid spot but will also do well in less humid positions.

Managing growth

At present these plants are approximately 10cm tall with a 2-3cm caudex. They are a moderately slow grower and remain happy in their ceramic pot for a number of years, eventually they will have to be repotted though as the caudex will outgrow the pot. Mature plants 20+ years old can reach a caudex size of up to 30cm across and will throw up many stems making them truly spectacular specimens.

Sinningia care guide

  • Coming soon! (PDF)

About the pot

A striking hand-made ceramic piece. This pot is made with a simple yet elegant white glaze. This pot has been high-fired to ensure it is extremely durable. These planters have drainage holes and come with a matching coaster (not saucer) to maintain the clean lines of this pot. The bottom of the coaster has been sanded smooth to ensure it won't scratch your furniture.

Pot dimensions: 9cm wide x 9cm tall (including coaster)

A bit about the ceramicist

This piece was made by the amazingly talented Jenn Johnstone of Jenn Johnstone Ceramics. After a change of scenery from inner city Melbourne to Mullumbimby in Northern NSW, Jen decided to pursue her long held desire to work with clay. Fast forward a few years and she is creating beautifully elegant and functional hand crafted ceramics in her garden studio. Jenn's work reflects her love of gardening, contemporary design and Japanese aesthetics.

How will I receive my new pot and plant

This item is part of our pre-potted mini range. As such your plant will arrive already potted directly into its new ceramic home. We will wrap the pot up in calico to ensure no soil is lost during transport and deliver them securely in our 100% recyclable cardboard packaging. 

When you buy from us

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You are buying a quality product and you are supporting a small Australian business. But most importantly you are purchasing sustainably - our products are delivered in fully recyclable packaging via a carbon neutral postal service and $1 from every item you purchase goes to protecting and regenerating the Daintree Rainforest.

So thanks for being awesome!