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.

Ercilla volubilis Juss.

Frost hardy, vigorous, freely-branching climber with ovate-heart-shaped leaves, with a pattern of pale veins, and many green or purple flower spikes, mainly in spring, followed by deep purple berries.  To 10m.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This remarkable plant (Bridgesia spicata) belongs to the Rutaceae. It was first known to us through Mr. Bridges specimens, after whom we name the genus.’  [HBM vol.III, p169, t.CII/1829].  Ercilla spicata was introduced to Britain in 1840.  [JD]. 

History at Camden Park

Probably short lived in the gardens as it is only listed in the 1850 catalogue.


Published Feb 27, 2009 - 04:57 PM | Last updated Feb 25, 2010 - 04:56 PM

The line drawing shows paired, ovate leaves and axillary flower spikes.  Hooker's Botanical Miscellany vol.III, t.CII, 1829.

Ercilla volubilis Juss. | HBM vol.III, t.CII/1829 as  Bridgesia spicata | BHL

Family Phytolaccaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Ercilla spicata Moq.
  • Bridgesia spicata (Bert.) Hook. & Arn.
  • Galvezia spicata Bert.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Bridgesia spicata 

Confidence level high