Sinningia speciosa ‘Leonie van Houtte’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern, ‘Leonie van Houtte’ was described under new plants in the Floricultural Cabinet of 1854: ‘Flowers very distinct and handsome, a delicate pink with white centre, and the white extends all round the throat, also of good form.’  [FC p.124/1854].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

Henderson & Sons, St Johns Wood, offered ‘Leonie Van Houtte’ for sale in The Gardeners' Chronicle in 1854: ‘Can be highly recommended as the most distinct variety that has been introduced for the last two years; the colour is of a delicate pink or peach, with a white centre, the white extending all round the throat from the base of the flower to the margin of the tube.’  [Gard. Chron. 1854]. 

Probably bred by Louis van Houtte at Ghent, Belgium.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in an appendix to the 1857 catalogue [A.59/1857].


The Gesneriad Register-Sinningia Appendix lists ‘Leon Van Houtte’ with a date of 1869.  This may be the same cultivar.

Published Sep 07, 2009 - 05:35 PM | Last updated Aug 19, 2011 - 04:25 PM

More details about Sinningia speciosa ‘Leonie van Houtte’
Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Belgium

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Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia Leonie Van Houtte 

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