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Anagallis linifolia ‘Splendens’

A cultivar of Anagallis linifolia L. Woody annual, to 45cm, with usually blue flowers, red beneath. [RHSD. Hortus].


Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Most of the known species of Anagallis so nearly resemble each other, that it is not easy to find botanical characters that will with sufficient accuracy distinguish them, and this [h]as led some Botanists to believe that most of the supposed species are mere varieties, deriving their origin from climate, soil, and cultivation.’  The flower as figured has red flowers rather than blue.  [BM t.831/1805 as Anagallis fruticosa].  Also ABR pl.367/1804 as Anagallis grandiflora.  Introduced to Britain in 1796.  [PD].


History at Camden Park

Seed ordered from Warner & Warner, Seedsmen and Florists, Cornhill, on 12th April 1846. [MP A2933-1, p.131]. I have found no other reference to this plant but it seems likely that seeds were received and it was grown in the gardens.



I have found no direct reference to Anagallis linifolia ‘Splendens’ in the Macarthur record but it seems likely that Macarthur’s Anagallis splendens is merely a variety of A. linifolia.


Published Feb 15, 2009 - 09:37 AM | Last updated Oct 20, 2011 - 05:24 PM

The image shows a flowering shoot with deep red single flowers with a white throat.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.831, 1805.

Anagallis linifolia L. | BM t.831/1805 | BHL


Family Primulaceae
Region of origin


  • Anagallis collina Schousb.
  • Anagallis fruticosa Vent.
  • Anagallis grandiflora Andr.


Common Name

Shrubby Pimpernell

Name in the Camden Park Record

Anagallis splendens


Confidence level medium