Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Agapanthus praecox Willd. var. variegatus

See Agapanthus praecox Willd. for a discussion of the species.   Macarthur’s ‘f. var.’ is probably a foliage variant of the species. Such a plant was described by Allen as less vigorous than the species, its leaves being less broad and long than the type and almost pure white with a few green bands and delicate blue flowers. [Allen, RHSD, Hortus]. Macarthur’s plant is possibly the variety listed by Steudel in 1840 as Agapanthus variegatus Hort., considered by him to be a form of A. umbellatus [Nomencl. Bot. – Steudel vol.1, p.33/1840]. Although Macarthur was obviously familiar with a foliar variety the only reference I have found to such a plant in the contemporary literature is the brief mention by Steudel. Today there are many variegated garden forms.

Horticultural & Botanical History

No additional data.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.21/1843].


Published Dec 29, 2009 - 05:16 PM | Last updated Mar 21, 2011 - 02:24 PM

Family Agapanthaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Agapanthus umbellatus L’Hér. variegata 
Common Name

Variegated African blue lily, Variegated love flower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Agapanthus umbellatus f. var 

Confidence level medium