Virgilia oroboides (Bergius) Salter

Borderline frost-hardy, fast-growing shrub or small tree, usually with several main stems, pinnate leaves, to 20cm long, composed of up to 21 narrow leaflets, and racemes of up to 12, pea-like, fragrant, white, pink, crimson or purple flowers, to 2cm across, in spring and summer.  To 9m.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This species varies much in the size of the leaflets; in some native specimens they are very narrow and small and seldom more than twelve-paired.  It is a very handsome greenhouse shrub, native of the Cape of Good Hope.  Propagated by cuttings.’  Introduced to Britain in 1767 by Thomas Cornwall.  [BM t.1590/1813].  

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.1000/1850].


Published Dec 26, 2009 - 11:29 AM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 02:37 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves with narrow leaflets and pale pink pea-like flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1590, 1813.

Virgilia oroboides (Bergius.) Salter | BM t.1590/1813 | BHL

More details about Virgilia oroboides (Bergius) Salter
Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Sophora oroboides Bergius
  • Virgilia capensis Lam.  
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Virgilia capensis 

Confidence level high