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.

Ipomoea purpurea (L.) Roth. var. violacea

For a brief description of the species see  Ipomoea purpurea (L.) Roth. var. major.  Violacea has deep violet or violet-purple flowers.  A double flowered form also exists.

Horticultural & Botanical History

See Ipomoea purpurea (L.) Roth.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.580/1857].  Ipomoea purpurea (L.) Roth is common in the Camden area in a range of colour forms although a purple-pink predominates.  Interestingly, the colour form violacea is particularly common in the vicinity of the gardens at Camden Park.  I have raised this form from natural pollination for several generations from a population isolated from other forms only by some 50 metres and it continues to come true to colour.


Published Feb 07, 2009 - 03:17 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 03:53 PM

Family Convolvulaceae
Region of origin


  • Convolvulus major Hort. ex Nichols
  • Pharbitis purpurea Lunell
  • Pharbitis hispida Choisy
Common Name

Common morning glory, Annual morning glory

Name in the Camden Park Record

Ipomoea purpurea violacea 

Confidence level high