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.

Fuchsia ‘Dr Jephson’

‘Sepals of a clear snowy white, corolla a rich deep rose, habit of Willmoreana, and a profuse bloomer.’  [GC p.281/1846].

Horticultural & Botanical History

The first notice of ‘Dr Jephson’ appeared as an advertisement from Hurst and M’Mullen, seedsmen of London: ‘This splendid Fuchsia was raised by the gardener of the above-named Gentleman [Dr. Jephson], and is pronounced by growers who have seen it to be the finest light Fuchsia known.’  [GC p.281/1846].  It was listed among the best fuchsias introduced in 1846 in an advertisement for Youll and Co. in The Gardener's Chronicle [GC p.202/1847], was listed among new and select Fuchsias by William Epps [GC p.217/1847] and was recommended as a light coloured sort [GC p.344/1847].  This variety is still available today.

History at Camden Park

The only reference is a handwritten entry in a copy of the 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library and inscribed on the front Wm. Macarthur 23rd Dec. 1854.  [ML 635.9m].  Certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Aug 14, 2009 - 05:13 PM | Last updated Sep 03, 2011 - 04:50 PM

Family Onagraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Fuchsia ‘Dr Jephson’ 

Confidence level high