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.

Gentiana asclepiadea L.

Hardy perennial with lance-shaped leaves and solitary, axillary azure blue flowers, spotted purple within.  To 45cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Native of Germany, Switzerland and France, where it grows at the foot of the Alps, or in shady moist vallies [sic], but never in open exposed situations: consequently it requires a moist loamy soil and sheltered situation, for want of which attention it generally dwindles and frequently perishes in gardens.’  [BM t.1078/1808].  Introduced to Britain in 1629.  [PD].

History at Camden Park

Seed order to Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London, on 8th April 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.132].  If Macarthur received the seed it is unlikely that he succeeded with it.


Published Feb 08, 2009 - 02:25 PM | Last updated Mar 03, 2010 - 08:45 AM

The image shows lance-shaped leaves and deep purple, narrowly vase-shaped flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1078, 1808.

Gentiana asclepiadea L. | BM t.1078/1808 | BHL

Family Gentianaceae
Region of origin

Southern Europe and the Caucasus

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Gentiana asclepiadea 

Confidence level high