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.

Anthyllis barba-jovis L.

Frost-hardy, evergreen perennial shrub with pinnate, silvery leaves, with up to 17 leaflets, and dense racemes of pale yellow flowers in summer.  To 3m.  [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This beautiful silvery-leaved shrub was known in our gardens in the time of Parkinson; but being impatient of cold, and at the same time requiring a pure air, it is not so commonly met with in our greenhouses as it deserves.  It grows sometimes to the height of ten or twelve feet, with numerous branches.  Miller, with most authors, describes the flowers as being of a bright yellow colour; but in his Icones they are represented of a pale yellow, and we have never seen them otherwise than nearly white.  Native of the South of Europe and the Levant.  Flowers in the spring.  Propagated by seeds or by cuttings.  Communicated by Messrs. Loddiges and Co.’  [BM t.1927/1817].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.59/1857].


Published Nov 22, 2009 - 02:05 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 04:44 PM

Figured are pinnate, silvery leaves and dense racemes of pale yellow flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1927, 1817.

Anthyllis barba-jovis L. | BM t.1927/1817 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Southern Europe

Common Name

Jupiter?s beard, Silver bush

Name in the Camden Park Record

Anthyllis barba-jovis 

Confidence level high