Calostemma purpureum R.Br. var. carneum (Lindl.) Benth.

For a description of the species see Calostemma purpureum. R.Br.  The variety carneum has rather larger flowers than the species, variously described as pink, flesh-coloured, pale purple or white.  [Baker Am.].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

John Lindley considered that ‘it is evidently very near to Calostemma purpureum, a plant now lost to our gardens.  The scape is about a foot high, tapering upwards, and is terminated by a spreading umbel of very numerous pretty rose-pink coloured flowers, of which the central ones are on much shorter pedicels.’  [OFG f.32/1854].  ‘This pretty bulb is a native of Australia, where it was found in April, 1836, by Major Sir Thomas Mitchell, on the summit of Goulburn range. […] Having been presented by its indefatigable discoverer, it flowered in a pit in the Chiswick garden in September last.’  [BR f.26/1840].  

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.62/1845].  We have no further information on its introduction to Camden Park.


Published Apr 06, 2009 - 01:32 PM | Last updated Jun 26, 2012 - 02:46 PM

Illustrated are leaf and flowering stem with pink, funnel-shaped flowers.  Botanical Register f.26, 1840.

Calostemma purpureum R.Br. var. carneum (Lindl.) Benth. | BR f.26/1840 | BHL


More details about Calostemma purpureum R.Br. var. carneum (Lindl.) Benth.
Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin


  • Calostemma carneum Lindl. 


Common Name

Garland lily

Name in the Camden Park Record

Calostemma carnea


Confidence level high