Griffinia hyacinthina Ker Gawl.

Bulbous perennial with oblong leaves and umbels of 9 or 10 white flowers, produced in summer, the upper segments tending to blue at the apex.  The 4-5 leaves, to 15cm long, have lattice-like veining and are produced after the flowers.  To 45cm.  [RHSD, Baker Am.].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

First botanically described as Amaryllis hyacinthina by Ker Gawler in 1816: ‘A recent and unrecorded introduction [about 1815] of great curiosity, and due with so many others to the zeal and intelligence of Mr. Griffin in his botanical pursuits; which have enabled him to form the most extensive assemblage of this fine tribe of plants of any perhaps in Europe. […] It was discovered in the Brazils, by Mr. E. Woodford, while residing in that country. […] Its general accordance is manifestly more complete with Amaryllis than with any other generic groupe [sic], and its anomalies, in our judgment, are not of a nature to render the separation of it into a new expedient one.’  [BR f.163/1816]. 

The author later changed his mind: ‘We have withdrawn the Amaryllis hyacinthina […] from the genus where it had been previously deposited, and have founded a new one upon it, under a name intended as an acknowledgement of the benefits derived to botany from the pursuits of Mr. Griffin.’  [addendum to BR f.444/1820].  MB p.171/1845.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.198/1845].  Griffinia hyacinthina was part of a consignment of plants sent from Kew by John Bidwill in November 1843 [AJCP].  This is the probable source.


Published May 08, 2009 - 03:27 PM | Last updated Jul 09, 2012 - 01:23 PM

The image shows the broad, latticed leaf and umbel of white, blue-edged flowers.  Paxton's Magazine of Botany p.171, 1845.

Griffinia hyacinthina Ker-Gawl. | MB p.171/1845 | RBGS


More details about Griffinia hyacinthina Ker Gawl.
Family Amaryllidaceae
Region of origin


  • Amaryllis hyacinthina Ker Gawl.
  • Amaryllis dryades Vell.
  • Griffinia dryades (Vell.) M.Roem.
  • Griffinia hookeri Kraenzl.
  • Hippeastrum dryades (Vell.) Kraenzl.
  • Lycoris hyacinthina (Ker Gawl.) Herb.


Common Name

Blue Amaryllis

Name in the Camden Park Record

Griffinia hyacinthinia 


Confidence level high