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.

Fagelia bituminosa DC.

Frost-tender, evergreen twining shrub with 3-foliate leaves and axillary racemes of yellow flowers with a dark violet-purple keel, in spring and summer.  To 1.2m.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Introduced by Mr. Masson in 1774; but had been long previously cultivated in Holland.  Hermann found it growing at the side of the Table Mountain to the height of three yards.  It requires to be kept in the greenhouse.’  [BR f.261/1818].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.523/1845].


Published Dec 22, 2009 - 05:24 PM | Last updated Dec 22, 2009 - 05:31 PM

Figured are the trifoliate leaves and yellow pea flowers with purple markings.  Botanical Register f.261, 1818.

Fagelia bituminosa DC. | BR f.261/1818 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Glycine bituminosa L.
  • Bolusafra bituminosa Kuntze 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Glycine bituminosa

Confidence level high