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Sinningia speciosa ‘Passinghamii’

A cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern. Of vigorous habit and a prolific bloomer it has large, velvety, deep purple flowers and luxuriant foliage.  [MB p.267/1846, JD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Gloxinia Passinghamii was discovered growing wild in the mountains near Rio de Janeiro c.1845.  Even at the time of its discovery it was considered to be merely a superior form of Gloxinia speciosa.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1850 catalogue.  Obtained from Kew Gardens, brought out from England by Captain P. P. King in 1849.  In the confirmatory list sent by Macarthur to King it is marked with an ‘o’, meaning new to the colony.  [ML A1980-3].  


Published Sep 07, 2009 - 01:31 PM | Last updated Aug 21, 2011 - 02:30 PM

Figured are the large, velvety, deep purple flowers and luxuriant foliage.  Paxton's Magazine of Botany p.267, 1846.

Sinningia speciosa ‘Passinghamii’ | MB p.267/1846 | RBGS


Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Gloxinia Passinghamii Paxt.


Common Name

Gloxinia, Slipper gloxinia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia Passinghamii


Confidence level high