Achimenes longiflora ‘Major’

See Achimenes longiflora DC. for a description of the type.  Major is a variety with metallic green leaves, lavender to pale purple flowers with a golden throat and yellow tube, longer than the type, to 7.5cm long.  [RHSD].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘From Mr. Veitch.  Flowers large, with long flattened tube, and the limb lying almost in the same plane, violet-blue, somewhat paler beneath the eye.  It is of a more decided blue than A. Belmontiensis, and is in every way a first class variety.’  [Proc. RHS p.458/1859].  The Gesneriad Register describes the flowers as enormous, to 7.5cm in diameter, light violet with darker purple above the throat and a pale blotch below.  In an advertisement in The Gardeners’ Chronicle, H. Lane & Sons, nurserymen of Great Berkhampstead described the flowers as ‘half as long again as the longiflora, and of a deeper blue, the foliage quite green, and very superior, the under surface of the leaf being without that rusty appearance of longiflora.’  [Gard. Chron. 1849].  GRA p.26.

History at Camden Park

Listed only as an addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A.13/1857].


Published Aug 26, 2009 - 04:43 PM | Last updated Aug 25, 2011 - 02:37 PM

More details about Achimenes longiflora ‘Major’
Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Central America, but probably of garden origin

  • Achimenes longiflora DC. var. latifolia


Common Name

Achimenes, Hot water plant, Cupid’s bow

Name in the Camden Park Record

Achimenes longiflora major 

Confidence level high