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 ‘Variegata’

Probably a cultivar of Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern it has pale blue flowers and variegated leaves [JD].  This brief reference is the only description I have found.

Horticultural & Botanical History

I have been unable to positively identify this plant.  With pale blue flowers and variegated leaves [JD] it may be a form of Sinningia speciosa.  It may also be a form of Kohleria bogotensis Fritsch, which see.  See also Sinningia speciosa ‘Maxima Variegata’.  ‘Variegata’ is likely to have flowers similar to those shown here. Not listed under this name variegata in the main Gesneriad Register – Sinningia, or in the Appendix.

History at Camden Park

First recorded in a handwritten entry in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at Camden Park [CPA] and also in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library and inscribed on the front Wm. Macarthur 23rd. Dec. 1854 [ML 635.9m].  Certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Sep 07, 2009 - 03:10 PM | Last updated Aug 19, 2011 - 04:49 PM

Family Gesneriaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Gloxinia variegata Hort.


Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Gloxinia variegata 

Confidence level low