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.

Coronilla juncea L.

Half hardy shrub with arching, almost naked rush-like branches, pinnate leaves, to 40cm long, with 3-7 lance-shaped leaflets, and terminal and axillary umbels of bright yellow flowers.  To 1m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The flowers, which are of a beautiful bright yellow, are produced in succession during the summer and autumn.  The plant is slender and delicate in its growth, seldom attaining a greater height than 2 or 3 feet.’  [LBC no.235/1818].  ‘This shrub has been an inhabitant of our gardens since the middle of the last century.  It is not, however, although a native of the south of France, hardy enough to endure the severity of our climate; and, not having sufficient beauty to procure a place in the greenhouse, it is seldom seen in other than general collections of plants.’  [BR f.820/1824].  Cultivated in England since at least 1656.  [Don].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.345/1857].


Published Dec 13, 2009 - 04:46 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 11:49 AM

Figured are small pinnate leaves and rounded heads of yellow, pea-like flowers.  Botanical Register f.820, 1824.

Coronilla juncea L. | BR f.820/1824 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin


  • Ornithopus junceus (L.) Hornem. 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Coronilla juncea 

Confidence level high