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 ‘Albo-sanguinea Superba’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern. See Sinningia speciosa ‘Albo-sanguinea’.  ‘Albo-sanguinea Superba’ was also bred and sold by James Backhouse and Son of York Nurseries who described it as ‘larger and finer in every way than albo sanguinea’ in an advertisement in The Gardeners' Chronicle.  [Gard. Chron. 1849].  I have found no specific description.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Fitch illustrated a number of Gloxinia cultivars for the Floral Magazine in 1861 and 1862 [Floral Magazine vols. 1 & 2/1861-62].  The red and white forms figured in 1861 and shown here are probably very similar to the varieties albo-sanguinea and albo-sanguinea superba.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [B.180/1857].  First recorded in a handwritten entry in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at Camden Park.  [CPA].


Published Sep 02, 2009 - 04:51 PM | Last updated Aug 21, 2011 - 05:12 PM

Four gloxinias are figured, a white slipper form and three pink or pink and white.  Floral Magazine, 1861.

Fitch (Floral Magazine), 1861.  Early Florist's gloxinias.  The red and white forms are probably very similar to the variety albo-sanguinea or albo-sanguinea superba.


Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

  • Gloxinia albo-sanguinea superba Hort.


Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia albo-sanguinea superba


Confidence level medium