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 septemfida Pall.

Hardy perennial with lance-shaped leaves and blue flowers, narrow to wide bell-shaped, spotted white inside, in terminal clusters.  Variable with many forms.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This charming plant is a native of Caucasus: in 1804 we received seeds of it collected by Marshall Biebeostein, author of the Flora Taurico-Caucasica. […] We consider it as a very great acquisition to our gardens; as it is of easy culture, and flowers most abundantly in the month of June.’  [LBC no.89, 1817].  BM t.1229/1809.  BM t.1410/1811.

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 - 02:34 PM | Last updated Mar 03, 2010 - 08:44 AM

Depicted are lance-shaped leaves and upright, blue and white, vase-shaped flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1229, 1809.

Gentiana septemfida Pall. | BM t.1229/1809 | BHL

Family Gentianaceae
Region of origin

Western Asia to the Caucasus

  • Dasystephana septemfida (Pall.) Zuev
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Gentiana septemfida 

Confidence level high