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.

Alstroemeria ligtu L.f. subsp. ligtu 'Barclayana'

See Alstroemeria ligtu subsp. simsii (Spreng) Ehr.Bayer for a description of the species. According to Johnson's and Paxton's Dictionary, ‘Barcleyana’ has crimson flowers, although the Floricultural Cabinet described the flowers as orange.  [FC p.274/1849].


Horticultural & Botanical History

Described as Alstroemeria barklayana by Loudon in 1839 [Loudon's Hortus Britannicus ed.3, p.608/1839].

Introduced to Britain in 1830.  [JD]. 


History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.24/1850].  It is possible that this plant and Alstroemeria Van Houttii were part of a consignment of Alstroemerias, 8 varieties ‘separate and named’, ordered by Macarthur from James Carter, Seedsman and Florist, High Holborn, on 8th April, 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.128]. 



Published Jan 11, 2009 - 03:32 PM | Last updated Jun 18, 2012 - 05:17 PM

Alstroemeria pulchra | BM t.2421/1823 | BHL. This is probably very similar to 'Barclayana', with the latter having red flowers.


Family Alstroemeriaceae
Region of origin


  • Alstroemeria barklayana Hort. ex Loud. 
  • Alstroemeria haemantha (Ruiz & Pav.) Ravenna var. barcleyana

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Alstroemeria Barclayana 


Confidence level high