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.

Godetia bifrons Hort.

Fully hardy biennial with purple flowers with a prominent crimson blotch in the centre of the petals, in summer.  To 45cm.  [BR f.1405/1831].  Said to be a hybrid between Clarkia amoena A.Nelson & J.F.Macbr. roseo-alba, synonym Oenothera roseo-alba Bernh., and Clarkia amoena A.Nelson & J.F.Macbr. lindleyi.

Horticultural & Botanical History

According to the Botanical Register it is a hybrid: ‘This very interesting variety was obtained in the Garden of the Horticultural Society by Mr. James Ewing, between O. roseo-alba and O. Lindleyana.  A great number of slightly different varieties were raised from the seed; but the best of them was certainly that we figured. […] To the fine full flower of the former it adds the deep crimson spots of the latter; and in mode of growth is, as it were, intermediate between the two,-less bushy than Oenothera roseo-alba, more erect than Oenothera lindleyana.’  [BR f.1405/1831].  Godetia bifrons was listed as an annual plant suitable for bedding by The Gardeners Chronicle: ‘An ornamental, erect-growing plant of neat habit, eighteen inches to two feet high, with medium sized leaves and terminal racemes of large, conspicuous rosy-lilac, cup or salver-shaped flowers (two inches wide), picturesquely marked with bright rosy-crimson, cloud-like spots in the centre of the flower-lobes or petals.’  [Gard. Chron. 1852].  

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.109/1845].


Published Feb 12, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 03:28 PM

The image shows deep pink cup-shaped flowers with red marking at the base of the petals.  Botanical Register f.1405, 1831.

Godetia bifrons Hort. | BR f.1405/1831 | BHL

Family Onagraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Britain

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Godetia bifida 

Confidence level medium