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.

Calystegia hederacea Wall. var. flore pleno

Fully-hardy trailing or climbing perennial with hairy, lance-shaped leaves, to 10cm long, and solitary, double, rose coloured flowers, to 5cm across and 3.5cm long, the corolla divided into many narrow, petal-like lobes, in summer and autumn.  To 5m.  [RHSD, Hortus]. 


Horticultural & Botanical History

C. pubescens, received from China (in 1844) as a double flower, has become single with Mr. Beaton.’  [Cottage Gardener, iv. 302. as reported in JD].  In 1846 The Gardeners Chronicle described flore pleno, with flowers ‘the size of a double anemone’, pale pink, and remaining open for several days.  In 1857 this journal gave a further description: ‘The flowers are about as large as a double anemone, but the petals are arranged with the regularity of the rose, and of a pale, very delicate pink’.  ‘Raised from a small portion of the root found in a dead Paeony root, in box no.22, from Mr. Fortune’s mission in China.’  [BR f.42/1846].  OFG f.55/1853.  MB p.243/1846. 


History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.57/1850].  It may have been obtained from the London Horticultural Society.  It was included among desiderata in a letter to John Lindley dated 15th February 1848 [MP A2933-1, p.157] but was not marked ‘arrived’ on Macarthur’s copy.  It was requested of Lindley again on 1st Feb., 1849 [MP A2933-1, p.182a]. 



Published Jan 18, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Last updated Sep 30, 2011 - 05:10 PM

Illustrated is a twining stem and pale pink, very double flowers.  Paxton's Magazine of Botany p.243, 1846.

Calystegia hederacea Wall. flore pleno | MB p.243/1846 | RBGS


Family Convolvulaceae
Region of origin

China, Japan

  • Calystegia pubescens Lindl.
  • Convolvulus japonicus Thunb.
  • Convolvulus pubescens (Lindl.) Thell. 


Common Name

Downy bindweed

Name in the Camden Park Record

Calystegia pubescens 


Confidence level high