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.

Medicinal Plants

A wide-ranging category, including many of the ancient garden plants. Emphasis is placed on the plants that were probably introduced primarily for their medicinal value.

Smilax glauca Walter

Half hardy evergreen climber with suckering roots and whitish-green flowers.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Stemona tuberosa Lour.

Frost tender, tall-growing twining plant with pointed, somewhat heart-shaped leaves and bell-shaped, greenish pink or yellow flowers in summer.  [RHSD].

Thuja occidentalis L.

Fully-hardy, rounded, conical evergreen tree, with horizontally spreading branches, up-curved at the tips, shredding orange-brown bark, ovate, yellowish leaves, and ovoid female cones, to 1cm long.  To 20m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers'].

Tilia x vulgaris Hill.

A hybrid, Tilia cordata Mill. x Tilia platyphyllos Scop.  Fully hardy, broadly columnar tree with ovate leaves, to 20cm long, and pendant cymes of up to 15 yellow flowers in midsummer.  To 14m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers'].

Vitex agnus-castus L.

Frost hardy, spreading deciduous shrub with 5- or 7-palmate leaves, composed of aromatic, narrowly-elliptic leaflets, to 10cm long, and slender, terminal panicles, to 18cm long, of small, tubular, fragrant, lilac, blue or white flowers in autumn.  To 8m.  [RHSE, Hilliers'].

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