Definition of achimenes in English:



  • A Central American plant with tubular or trumpet-shaped flowers.

    Genus Achimenes, family Gesneriaceae

    • ‘Over the years I've often been tempted to try Achimenes, but having never seen them grown locally, I'm not sure they'd like our sometimes hot days in summer.’
    • ‘It is the 7th of September and my achimenes is still in full bloom.’
    • ‘'Double Blue' is a rare variety of Achimenes, a delightful, long-flowering plant also known as Cupid's Bower.’
    • ‘We have trialed a number of achimenes for winter hardiness and are always thrilled when we find another cultivar to add to our list.’
    • ‘The easiest bulb is achimenes—which is actually a rhizome and so can safely be laid on its side.’


Modern Latin, either from Greek akhaimenis, denoting a different plant (euphorbia), or from a- ‘not’ + kheimanein ‘expose to the cold’.