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.

Anagallis arvensis L.f. var. azurea Hyl.

Annual prostrate herb, quite variable, the flowers of azurea being presumably blue.  Probably similar to the variety caerulea.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

A blue-flowered form is figured in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine under the name Anagallis latifolia L.  [BM t.2389/1823].

History at Camden Park

On 8th April, 1846, Macarthur placed an order for this plant with Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London.  [MP A2933-1, p.132].  I have found no other reference to this plant but it is likely that seed was received.


It is possible that this plant is a form of Anagallis linifolia L.  The variety ‘grandiflora, with its fine orange-red flowers’ is described in the Floricultural Cabinet.  [FC p.131/1850].

Published Feb 15, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 05:34 PM

The image shows an upright shoot with bright blue flowers with a red eye.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2389, 1823.

Anagallis arvensis L. f. azurea Hyl. | BM t.2389/1823 | BHL

Family Primulaceae
Region of origin

Europe to Asia



  • Anagallis latifolia L.
Common Name

Poor man?s weatherglass

Name in the Camden Park Record

Anagallis azurea grandiflora 

Confidence level medium