Kohleria amabilis var. bogotensis (Tree Gloxinia)

Scientific Name

Kohleria amabilis var. bogotensis (G.Nicholson) L.P.Kvist & L.E.Skog

Common Names

Tree Gloxinia


Isoloma bogotense (basionym), Achimenes hillii, Achimenes kewensis, Achimenes picta, Diastema pictum, Giesleria picta, Gloxinia picta, Isoloma tydaea, Kohleria bogotensis, Tydaea karsteniana, Tydaea picta

Scientific Classification

Family: Gesneriaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Genus: Kohleria


Color: Yellow and red-orange
Bloom Time: Late winter through the spring and summer


Kohleria amabilis var. bogotensis is a flowering plant that grows up to 24 inches (60 cm) tall. Leaves are dark green, egg-shaped, and up to 4 inches (10 cm) long. Flowers are tubular, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, yellow and red-orange, and with red or purple dots inside. The flowering period extends from late winter through spring and summer.

Kohleria amabilis var. bogotensis (Tree Gloxinia)
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USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Put your Kohleria where it'll get plenty of light, but out of the direct sun. Filtered light from a south- or west-facing window will give it the light it needs. Keep the soil evenly moist during the growing season, but take care not to overwater. Dry soil will cause the plant to go dormant. Soggy soil will quickly cause the rhizomes to rot.

You can expect dozens of blooms on plants in spring and summer. You'll get the most blooms by providing plenty of bright, indirect light. This one likes to be slightly pot-bound and blooms best this way. Repot in spring when it has outgrown its pot. Always use a container with drainage holes to prevent soggy soil.

Divide rhizomes in spring and pot separately. Or take 4-inch (10 cm) leaf tip cuttings with at least one pair of leaves attached and root in moist potting mix. Cover the whole thing with plastic or a glass cloche to hold in moisture. Cuttings root easily in about 4 to 6 weeks. See more at How to Grow and Care for Kohleria.


Native to Honduras and Colombia.


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