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.

Geranium richarsonii Fisch. & Trautv.

Woody-based perennial with deeply cut seven-lobed leaves and black-veined white flowers, to 3cm across, in early summer.  To 45cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

It was probably first grown at the Edinburgh and Glasgow Botanic Gardens from seed sent by Drummond from the Rocky Mountains.  [BM t.3124/1832].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in an addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A.48/1857].


Perhaps a more likely identification is a white-flowered form of the popular Florists’ Geranium.  For more information see Pelargonium cultivars Hort.

Published Jan 29, 2009 - 03:31 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 02:59 PM

The image shows a geranium with deeply cut leaves and small white flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.3124, 1832.

Geranium richarsonii Fisch. & Trautv. | BM t.3124/1832 | BHL

Family Geraniaceae
Region of origin

Siberia to North America

  • Geranium albiflorum Hook.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Geranium alba 

Confidence level low