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.

Clarkia amoena A.Nelson & J.F.Macbr. subsp. lindleyi (Dougl.) F.H.&M.E.Lewis

Fully hardy, erect annual with fluted, single or double, lilac to reddish pink flowers, with a dark red spot, in long shoots in summer.  To 75cm.  Lindleyi is a rather coarse form with lavender flowers, often streaked with white near the base, the dark red central spot often absent or represented by a small spot or line.  It can grow to 2m.  Once a very popular cottage garden plant.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Introduced by the Horticultural Society from the North West Coast of America, where it was found in 1826, in the dry, woodless part of the interior, by that zealous collector and travellor, Mr. David Douglas.’  [BM t.2832/1828].  

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [H.166/1843].


Published Oct 12, 2009 - 03:29 PM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 02:54 PM

Figured are lance-shaped leaves and bowl-shaped lilac flowers with red markings.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2832, 1828.

Clarkia amoena A.Nelson & J.F.Macbr. ssp. lindleyi (Dougl.) F.H.&M.E.Lewis | BM t.2832/1828 | BHL

Family Onagraceae
Region of origin

North America

  • Oenothera lindleyana Steud.
  • Oenothera lindleyii Dougl.
  • Godetia amoena G.Don
  • Oenothera amoena Lehm.
  • Oenothera roseo-alba Bernh. 
Common Name

Farewell to Spring, Satin flower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Listed in all published catalogues [H.166/1843].

Confidence level high