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 coccinea L.

Frost tender annual twining climber with entire or toothed leaves, to 14cm long, and racemes of 3-8 scarlet flowers, to 2cm across, with yellow throats, in summer.  To 4m.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The present species is a twining plant, will run up a stick to the height of six, eight, or ten feet, and produce an abundance of flowers, of a rich orange colour, tending to scarlet, which renders it one of the most ornamental annuals cultivated in our gardens, into which it not as yet greatly introduced, though cultivated by Mr. Miller in 1759.’  [BM t.221/1793].  Ipomea coccinea was also figured in Andrews’ Botanical Repository, with the suggestion that the plant figured in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine is not the true I. coccinea.  [ABR pl.499/1808].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1857 catalogue only [T.576/1857].  Seed was ordered from Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London, on 8th April 1846, the probable source [MP A2933-1, p.132].  I recently found a plant growing in a weed-infested part of the garden, the first time it had been seen in living memory.


Ipomoea coccinea Rottl. (1803) = Ipomoea hederifolia L.

Published Mar 09, 2009 - 03:42 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 03:30 PM

Illustrated are the heart-shaped leaves and yellow and orange-red flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.221, 1793.

Ipomoea coccinea L. | BM t.221/1793 | BHL

Family Convolvulaceae
Region of origin

Southern USA

  • Quamoclit coccinea Moench
Common Name

Red morning glory, Star morning glory

Name in the Camden Park Record

Ipomoea coccinea 

Confidence level high