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 hederacea Jacq. var. grandiflora

Frost tender, annual twining climber with slender, densely hairy stems, ovate to rounded, usually 3-lobed leaves, to 12cm long, with tapering points, and cymes of 2-5, funnel-shaped, blue, sometimes purple flowers, to 3.5cm across, with white tubes and prominent, long-tailed, green sepals, in summer.  Grandiflora is an improved form with larger flowers.  To 3m.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘It is seen in perfection only in the very early part of the day, and is called “the Morning Glory,” in America.  The seed should be sown in the spring, with that of other annuals, and the plants treated like those of the twining kinds.  The species is seldom seen in our gardens, altho’ known in them from the days of Parkinson.’  [BR f.85/1816].  Ipomoea hederacea was introduced to Britain in 1729.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1857 catalogue only [T.577/1857].


Published Mar 09, 2009 - 04:27 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 03:35 PM

Illustrated are the 3-lobed leaves and sky blue funnel-shaped flowers.  Botanical Register f.85, 1816.

Pharbitis hederacea (Jacq.) Choisy grandiflora | BR f.85/1816 | BHL

Family Convolvulaceae
Region of origin

Tropical regions

  • Pharbitis   hederacea  (Jacq.) Choisy var. grandiflora 
  • Convolvulus nil L.
  • Ipomoea caerulea Roxb. ex Ker-Gawl.
Common Name

Ivy-leaved Morning Glory

Name in the Camden Park Record

Ipomoea hederacea grandiflora 

Confidence level high