Sinningia speciosa ‘Grandis’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern. It is not listed under this name in the main Gesneriad Register – Sinningia, or in the Appendix.  I have found no detailed description for this plant but the description in the Journal D'Horticulture Pratique de La Belgique  implies that it is a slipper gloxinia with white flowers with a marked crimson stripe at the base.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Listed in the Journal D'Horticulture Pratique de La Belgique by Henri Galeotti with a partial description: ‘Gloxinia grandis, magnificent hybrid with flowers of the same colour as Gloxinia Marie van Houtte, but much bigger.’  ‘Marie van Houtte’ is figured in Flore des Serres [FS pl.610/1850] and that is the image used here.

History at Camden Park

First recorded in a handwritten entry in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library and inscribed on the front Wm. Macarthur, 23rd Dec. 1854.  [ML635.9m].  Certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Sep 06, 2009 - 03:34 PM | Last updated Aug 21, 2011 - 02:54 PM

Figured are slipper gloxinias with white flowers with large crimson stripe at the base.  Flore des Serres pl.610, 1850.

Sinningia speciosa 'Marie van Houtte' | FS pl.610/1850.  This flower is the same colour as Gloxinia grandis although smaller.


More details about Sinningia speciosa ‘Grandis’
Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin

  • Gloxinia grandis Hort.


Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia grandis


Confidence level high