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 speciosa ‘Carminata Splendens’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern. According to an advertisement in The Gardeners' Chronicle of 1849, Messrs. Roddenberry were selling Gloxinia carminata splendens ‘a fine, richly coloured flower, with great beauty of form and substance of petal.  To the very numerous seedling varieties of this handsome tribe of plants, the above named will give an additional and attractive feature.’  This was apparently a quote from Paxton’s Magazine from January, 1849.  The Floricultural Cabinet described carminata splendens, a large flowered variety, as bright rosy-red with a crimson spot inside.  [FC p.135/1853].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Carminata splendens’ 1857, is listed in the Appendix to the Gesneriad Register - Sinningia with no details.  This is either a different plant or the date is erroneous, probably the latter.  Carminata splendens was offered for sale by John Rule of Victoria in 1858.

History at Camden Park

Recorded in a handwritten entry in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at Camden Park [CPA] and also in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library and inscribed on the front Wm. Macarthur, 23rd Dec. 1854.  [ML635.9m].


Published Sep 03, 2009 - 05:03 PM | Last updated Aug 21, 2011 - 05:04 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin

  • Gloxinia carminata splendens Hort.


Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia carminata splendens 

Confidence level high