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 ‘Jayii’

A hybrid or cultivar of unknown origin with violet-purple flowers.  It was described in a note on new plants in the Floricultural Cabinet: ‘It has much the appearance of A. rosea in habit, but the flowers are of a bright purple colour.  A beautiful variety.’  [FC p.290/1849].  GRA p. 23.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.9/1850].  Obtained from Kew Gardens, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849.  In the confirmatory list sent by Macarthur to King it is marked with an ‘o’, meaning new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].  


Published Aug 26, 2009 - 11:31 AM | Last updated Aug 25, 2011 - 02:38 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England or Germany

Common Name

Achimenes, Hot water plant, Cupid’s bow

Name in the Camden Park Record

Achimenes Jayii 

Confidence level high