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 ‘Leonie van Houtte’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern, ‘Leonie van Houtte’ was described under new plants in the Floricultural Cabinet of 1854: ‘Flowers very distinct and handsome, a delicate pink with white centre, and the white extends all round the throat, also of good form.’  [FC p.124/1854].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

Henderson & Sons, St Johns Wood, offered ‘Leonie Van Houtte’ for sale in The Gardeners' Chronicle in 1854: ‘Can be highly recommended as the most distinct variety that has been introduced for the last two years; the colour is of a delicate pink or peach, with a white centre, the white extending all round the throat from the base of the flower to the margin of the tube.’  [Gard. Chron. 1854]. 

Probably bred by Louis van Houtte at Ghent, Belgium.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in an appendix to the 1857 catalogue [A.59/1857].


The Gesneriad Register-Sinningia Appendix lists ‘Leon Van Houtte’ with a date of 1869.  This may be the same cultivar.

Published Sep 07, 2009 - 05:35 PM | Last updated Aug 19, 2011 - 04:25 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Belgium

  • Gloxinia ‘Leonie van Houtte’


Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia Leonie Van Houtte 

Confidence level high