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.

Ipomopsis rubra (L.) Wherry

Half hardy, erect, unbranched perennial with pinnate leaves with needle-like segments, to 2.5cm in a basal rosette, and scarlet, tubular flowers, to 2.5cm, red and yellow spotted inside, in summer and autumn.  To 2m.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1726.  [Don].  ‘In sandy soil, South Carolina to Arkansas, Florida and Texas.’  [Small – Flora of the Southeastern United States p.980/1913].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.50/1845].


Published Feb 06, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 05:08 PM

Family Polemoniaceae
Region of origin

Southern USA

  • Cantua coronopifolia Willd.
  • Gilia coronopifolia Pers.
  • Gilia rubra A.Heller
  • Polemonium rubrum L.
Common Name

Standing cypress

Name in the Camden Park Record

Cantua coronopifolia 

Confidence level high