Ercilla volubilis Juss.

Frost hardy, vigorous, freely-branching climber with ovate-heart-shaped leaves, with a pattern of pale veins, and many green or purple flower spikes, mainly in spring, followed by deep purple berries.  To 10m.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This remarkable plant (Bridgesia spicata) belongs to the Rutaceae. It was first known to us through Mr. Bridges specimens, after whom we name the genus.’  [HBM vol.III, p169, t.CII/1829].  Ercilla spicata was introduced to Britain in 1840.  [JD]. 

History at Camden Park

Probably short lived in the gardens as it is only listed in the 1850 catalogue.


Published Feb 27, 2009 - 04:57 PM | Last updated Feb 25, 2010 - 04:56 PM

The line drawing shows paired, ovate leaves and axillary flower spikes.  Hooker's Botanical Miscellany vol.III, t.CII, 1829.

Ercilla volubilis Juss. | HBM vol.III, t.CII/1829 as  Bridgesia spicata | BHL

More details about Ercilla volubilis Juss.
Family Phytolaccaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Ercilla spicata Moq.
  • Bridgesia spicata (Bert.) Hook. & Arn.
  • Galvezia spicata Bert.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Bridgesia spicata 

Confidence level high