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.

Sinningia hirsuta (Lindl.) Nichols

Frost-tender tuberous perennial with ovate, crinkled leaves, to 15cm long, covered with fine hairs, and trumpet-shaped flowers, mauve outside, darker inside, white striped and red spotted inside the tube.  [RHSD, Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This new species of Gloxinia is a native of Brazil, whence it was sent by Mr. William Harrison of Rio Janeiro, to his brother Richard of Aigburth, near Liverpool, in whose stove it flowered last spring.  The accompanying figure has been copied from a drawing made in Brazil, and communicated, with specimens of the plant, by Mr. Harrison.  From this it appears that the stipes when old elongates and becomes prostrate, a state in which we have not observed it in this country.  A tender stove plant, requiring the same treatment as its more beautiful congener, Gloxinia speciosa, from which it differs, besides its foliage, in not having the lobes of the corolla imbricating at their base.’  [BR f.1004/1826].  Introduced to Britain in 1824.  [JD].  BM t.2690/1826.  LBC no.1296/1828.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.192/1850].


Published Sep 06, 2009 - 04:40 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 04:57 PM

Figured is a single large, hairy leaf and small mauve, trumpet-shaped flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2690, 1826.

Sinningia hirsuta (Lindl.) Nichols | BM t.2690/1826 | BHL

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin



Gloxinia hirsuta Lindl.

Common Name

Hairy gloxinia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia hirsuta 

Confidence level high