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 skinneri ‘Grandiflora Maxima’

Probably a cultivar of Achimenes skinneri Lindl. It was described in L’Horticulteur Francais in 1856 but I have not yet traced this description.  [GRA p. 33].  The name suggests a cultivar with larger flowers than the wild type.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

A plant of this name was bred some years earlier than 1856, probably by James Backhouse of York as it was requested of Backhouse on 1st February, 1849.  [MP A2933-1 p.183].


Published Aug 27, 2009 - 10:53 AM | Last updated Aug 24, 2011 - 04:55 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin, England

Common Name

Achimenes, Hot water plant, Cupid’s bow

Name in the Camden Park Record

Achimenes skinneri grandiflora 

Confidence level medium