Herbertia pulchella Sweet

Bulbous perennial with few only pleated, erect, linear basal leaves, to 20cm long, and blue or violet flowers, to 5.5cm across, with a bowl-shaped, reflexed centre, often streaked purple and with a white central stripe, in spring.  To 15cm.  [RHSE].

Horticultural & Botanical History

The variety Herbertia pulchella et caerulea, or ‘Pretty and blue Herbertia’, is figured in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.  [BM t.3862/1841].  BFG v.3 t.222/1827.  Introduced to Britain in 1827.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

It appears to have been short lived at Camden as it is only listed in the 1845 catalogue.


Published Oct 19, 2009 - 03:28 PM | Last updated Jul 23, 2010 - 05:14 PM

Figured are bulb, sword-shaped leaves and iris-like blue flowers flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.3862, 1841.

Herbertia pulchella Sweet | BM t.3862/1841 | BHL

More details about Herbertia pulchella Sweet
Family Iridaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Trifurcia pulchella (Sweet) Ravenna 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Herbertia pulchella 

Confidence level high