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.

Asphodeline lutea Rchb.

Hardy herbaceous plant, the leaves numerous, tufted at the base, the flowers yellow, fragrant, in a dense, long, leafy but un-branched raceme.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Of the three species of Asphodel cultivated in our gardens the luteus is by far the most common; which is easily accounted for, as it is perfectly hardy, will grow in any soil, and multiplies greatly by offsets, by which it spreads so much as to require frequent reducing.  Its flowering stems, covered with three-cornered striated leaves fancifully curling around it, rise to the height of two or three feet, terminating with a spike of flowers a foot or more in length.’  [BM t.773/1804 as Asphodelus luteus].  Introduced to Britain by 1596.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

A handwritten note in an 1850 catalogue is the only reference [MP A2947A].  Certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Jan 10, 2010 - 03:35 PM | Last updated Jan 10, 2010 - 03:42 PM

Figured is a leafy raceme of yellow flowers, the petals with a central dark stripe.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.773, 1804.

Asphodeline lutea Rchb. | BM t.773/1804 | BHL

Family Asphodelaceae
Region of origin



Asphodelus luteus L. 

Common Name

Asphodel, King?s spear

Name in the Camden Park Record

Asphodelus luteus 

Confidence level high