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.

Indigofera cytisoides L.

Frost-tender, erect shrub with pinnate leaves composed of 2-3 pairs of leaflets, and terminal racemes of rose-coloured flowers.  To 1.5m.  [Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A native of the Cape of Good Hope, introduced into the Kew Garden, by Mr. Masson, in the year 1774, and flowered at the late Dr. Pitcairn’s in 1779, but as yet by no means common, even in our more general collections.  Flowers in July, but by artificial heat, which it bears well, may be made to blossom much earlier.  In some collections where this plant has long been preserved, its flower-buds which appear annually late in the year, decay without ever expanding.  May be propagated by cuttings.  Our drawing was taken at the Botanic Garden, Brompton, in February 1803.’  [BM t.742/1804].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [T.571/1843].


Published Dec 23, 2009 - 02:09 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:21 PM

Illustrated are pinnate leaves and terminal, rounded racemes of rose-coloured flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.742, 1804.

Indigofera cytisoides L. | BM t.742/1804 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Indigofera cytisoides 

Confidence level high