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.

Aralia cachemirica Decne.

Herbaceous perennial with pinnate leaves and long panicles of white flowers.  To 4.5m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This is an herbaceous plant from the north of India, looking like A. racemosa, but much larger in all its parts.  the flowers, which are greenish yellow, have been produced in the garden of the horticultural Society, where the plant has been raised from seeds presented by the East India company.’  [BR misc.72/1844].  It was reportedly introduced to cultivation in Britain in 1888 [RHSD] but this is clearly erroneous.

History at Camden Park

A plant was sent to Judge Therry in Argyle on June 10th 1846 [MP A2908, p.152].  This is the only mention in the manuscripts.  Probably grown at Camden Park at this time.


Of the species described as in cultivation in Britain at this time by Johnson’s Dictionary only two are from the Himalayas, Aralia aculeata Don and Aralia fragrans Spr.  Aralia cachemirica is perhaps more likely.

Published Mar 05, 2010 - 05:15 PM | Last updated Mar 05, 2010 - 05:21 PM

Family Araliaceae
Region of origin


  • Aralia macrophylla Lindl.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Aralia sp. from Cashmere 

Confidence level low