Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Achimenes ‘Dr. Hopf’

A hybrid between Achimenes ‘Count Wolfarth’ and Achimenes longiflora ‘Alba’, it has pure white flowers, with a yellow throat, streaked crimson.  [IH p.55 Vol 2/1855].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

An advertisement in The Gardeners’ Chronicle informed us that ‘A. Verschaffelt, Nurseryman. Ghent, is now sending out his following new plants: [including] Dr. Hopf.’  [Gard. Chron. 1855].  The illustration in Illustration Horticole shows that it is very similar to the cultivar ‘Ambroise Verschaffelt’ but with less distinct markings and a rosy throat.  The latter, of similar vintage (1855), is still available today.  [GRA p.16].  

History at Camden Park

Listed only as an addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A.16/1857].  ‘Ambroise Verschaffelt’ is grown at Camden Park.


Published Aug 25, 2009 - 05:07 PM | Last updated Aug 25, 2011 - 02:46 PM

Figured are three Achimenes, including 'Dr. Hopf', white with red throat.  Illustration Horticole pl.55, 1855.

Achimenes 'Edouard Otto', 'Dr. Hopf' and 'Edmond Boissie' | IH pl.55/1855.  'Dr. Hopf' is at bottom left.


Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Belgium

Common Name

Achimenes, Hot water plant, Cupid’s bow

Name in the Camden Park Record

Achimenes Dr. Kloff


Confidence level high