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Achimenes ‘Tugwelliana’

A hybrid between Achimenes patens Benth. and Achimenes longiflora DC., which see, raised by Mr. Carmichael, gardener to G. C. Tugwell Esq. of Crowe Hall, Bath.  According to an advertisement placed by R. Glendinning, Chiswick Nursery, London, in The Gardeners' Chronicle, Achimenes ‘Tugwelliana’ has deep violet-purple flowers, about the size of Achimenes patens.  [GRA p.38, GC p.305/1850].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

Listed only as an addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A17/1857].


Achimenes were furnished by Mr. Wiggins, gardener to Mr. Beck, and Mr. Wooley.  Among the sorts were longiflora and its white variety Tugwelliana, Margarettae, and other well known sorts.’  [Florist and Fruitist p.233/1855].  This plant, later botanically named Achimenes longiflora DC. var. tugwelliana S. Moore ex S. Moore & Ayres, is probably not William Macarthur’s plant.

Published Aug 26, 2009 - 05:14 PM | Last updated Aug 24, 2011 - 04:53 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Achimenes, Hot water plant, Cupid’s bow

Name in the Camden Park Record

Achimenes Tugwilliana 

Confidence level medium