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 ‘Formosa’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern, it has rich purple crimson flowers.  Listed in the Floricultural Cabinet as Achimenes formosa.  [FC p.194/1847].  Formosa means finely formed, handsome, beautiful.  [Stearn].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

First recorded in a handwritten entry in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at Camden Park [CPA] and subsequently in the 1857 catalogue [B.187/1857].


Published Sep 06, 2009 - 03:13 PM | Last updated Aug 21, 2011 - 03:02 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin

  • Gloxinia formosa Hort. ex Vilm.
  • Achimenes formosa Hort.


Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia Formosa 

Confidence level medium