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Boronia serrulata Sm.

Frost tender, bushy, erect, then spreading shrub with finely-toothed, aromatic leaves and profuse, dense, terminal cymes of bell-shaped, fragrant, rich purplish-pink or occasionally white flowers from winter to summer.  To 90cm.  [RHSE, FNSW].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘It is an elegant branching plant, flowering most copiously in the spring, and continuing long in beauty.  The blossoms are fragrant, though we could not distinguish any resemblance to the scent of the rose, which Sir James [Smith] ascribes to them.’  [LBC no.997/1824]. 

‘When properly managed this is decidedly a first-class greenhouse plant’.  [Gard. Chron. 1853].  ‘The plant before us, has lately been raised from seed by Mr. Colville, to whom we are indebted for the opportunity of making our drawing.  It is common near Port Jackson, whence we have received fine specimens, which agree perfectly with the plant in cultivation.  It is much to be desired that the other species should be obtained from New Holland.’  [BR f.842/1824]. 

It was possibly first grown in England as early as 1794.  Paxton’s Magazine of Botany gives a date of introduction of 1816, by Colville’s nursery, but this may not be the same plant.  [MB p.1/1834].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.167/1857].  Both Boronia serrulata and Boronia pinnata are ticked in a copy of the Horticultural Register, August 1831.  Although this publication originally belonged to James Bowman, it is likely that both were grown by Macarthur earlier than 1857.


Published Feb 14, 2010 - 03:36 PM | Last updated Jul 31, 2010 - 03:02 PM

Figured are finely toothed leaves and upright, bell-shaped pink flowers.  Botanical Register f.842, 1824.

Boronia serrulata Sm. | BR f.842/1824 | BHL

Family Rutaceae
Region of origin

Australia, New South Wales

Common Name

Native rose, Sydney rock rose

Name in the Camden Park Record

Boronia serrulata

Confidence level high