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.

Blumenbachia insignis Schräd.

Trailing and twining annual with palmate leaves and white flowers.  [RHSD, Hortus].


Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This very curious plant, in habit and in the structure of its flowers, so closely allied to Loasa, yet in the fruit differing so remarkably from it, appears to have been introduced into our stoves by John Hunneman, Esq. probably from Germany; the German Naturalists having received it both from Monte Video on the eastern, and from Chili on the western side of south America.  It is now not uncommon in our collections.’  [BM t.2865/1828].  Introduced to Britain in 1826.  [JD].


History at Camden Park

On 8th April, 1846, Macarthur placed an order for this plant with Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London.  [MP A2933-1, p.132].  It is not known if it was received.



Published Feb 03, 2009 - 05:05 PM | Last updated Oct 20, 2011 - 05:10 PM

The image depicts deeply cut leaves and white, starry flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2865, 1828.

Blumenbachia insignis Schräd. | BM t.2865/1828 | BHL


Family Loasaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Saloa insignis Stunz


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Blumenbachia insignis 


Confidence level high