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 quamoclit L.

Frost tender annual twining climber with deeply divided, feathery leaves and slender-tubed, scarlet, sometimes pink or white, flowers in summer.  To 6m.  [RHSE, Hortus].  Attractive as much for its feathery foliage as for its striking flowers.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Probably first cultivated in Britain around 1629 by Parkinson.  ‘In a former number of this work, we gave a figure of the Scarlet Ipomoea, which every one possessing a garden, at least in the more southern parts of this kingdom, might gratify themselves with a sight of, it being hardy enough to flower and ripen its seeds in the open border; but the present species, an annual also, and equally beautiful, with greater singularity of foliage, can be brought to perfection only in the stove or hot-house.’  [BM t.244/1793].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.118/1850].


Naturalised in the north east of NSW.  [FNSW].

Published Oct 04, 2009 - 04:46 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 03:28 PM

Shown are the feathery leaves and slender-tubed, scarlet flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.244,1793.

Ipomoea quamoclit L. | BM t.244/1793 | BHL

Family Convolvulaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Quamoclit pennata Voigt
  • Quamoclit quamoclit Britton
  • Quamoclit vulgaris Choisy
  • Convolvulus quamoclit (L.) Spreng. 
Common Name

Star glory, Cypress vine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Ipomoea quamoclit 

Confidence level high