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.

Arthropodium cirrhatum R.Br.

Frost-hardy, tufted, rhizomatous, evergreen perennial with lance-shaped leaves and nodding, star-shaped white flowers, flecked purple and yellow, in lax panicles, in early summer.  To 90cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Native of New Zealand, where it was discovered by Sir Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander, in their celebrated voyage to the South Seas and round the world, with Captain Cook.  Has been treated as a greenhouse plant, but Mr. Milne thinks it may prove hardy.’  [BM t.2350/1822].  Introduced to Britain in 1821.  [JD].  The fleshy roots are used medicinally by the Maoris.  [BR f.709/1823].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.45/1843].  Possibly obtained from John Bidwill.


Published Dec 31, 2009 - 12:49 PM | Last updated Jan 07, 2010 - 01:24 PM

Shown are a leaf and nodding, star-shaped white flowers, flecked purple and yellow.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2350, 1822.

Arthropodium cirrhatum R.Br. | BM t.2350/1822 | BHL

Family Anthericaceae
Region of origin

New Zealand

Common Name

Renga Renga lily

Name in the Camden Park Record

Arthropodium cirrhatum 

Confidence level high