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 ‘Maxima Variegata’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern. See Sinningia speciosa ‘Maxima Discolor’ for detail.  I have found no specific description but probably a cultivar with flowers of several colours as illustrated here, or, much less likely, with variegated leaves.  See also Sinningia speciosa 'Variegata'. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.


History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.194/1850].


Published Sep 06, 2009 - 05:00 PM | Last updated Aug 21, 2011 - 02:39 PM

Shown are a number of slipper gloxinias, one with variegated pink, red and blue flowers.  Flore des Serres pl. VI, p.268, 1847.

Sinningia speciosa varieties | FS pl. VI, p.268/1847 | CSIRO Black Mountain Library, Canberra.  The large variegated flower in the centre is probably similar to ‘Maxima Variegata’.


Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

Probably garden origin

  • Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern convariety maxima var. variegata
  • Gloxinia maxima variegata Hort.


Common Name

Gloxinia, Slipper gloxinia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia maxima variegata 

Confidence level medium