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.

Jasminum humile L.

Frost-hardy semi-evergreen or evergreen, erect or arching, bushy shrub with alternate, pinnate leaves, with up to 13 leaflets, and cymes of usually 6, salverform, sometimes fragrant, bright yellow flowers, to 1cm across, from spring to autumn.  To 2.5m.  [RHSE, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘For this hitherto undescribed species of Jasmine, which promises to be a great acquisition to our gardens, we are beholden to the lady of the Right Hon. Charles Long, who obligingly sent us specimens from her garden, at Bromley-Hill, in Kent.  The plant was imported from China, and bloomed the first time in the spring of 1814.  At the present time (April) though only about a foot high, it has twelve bunches of very fragrant flowers.  It has been hitherto kept in the conservatory, in a small pot of light earth and loam.’  [BM t.1731/1815]. 

Introduced to Europe about 1656.  [PD].  BR f.350/1819.

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.591/1850].  Jasminum revolutum was part of the consignment of plants imported by John Bidwill from Kew in November 1843 [AJCP] and this is a possible source.


Published Jan 20, 2010 - 10:18 AM | Last updated Jan 20, 2010 - 10:25 AM

Figured are pinnate leaves and terminal raceme of yellow star-like flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1731, 1815.

Jasminum humile L. | BM t.1731/1815 | BHL

Family Oleaceae
Region of origin

Afghanistan to China

  • Jasminum chrysanthemum Roxb.
  • Jasminum revolutum Sims
  • Jasminum farreri Gilmour
  • Jasminum pubigerum D.Don
  • Jasminum triumphans Hort. ex Dippel
Common Name

Yellow jasmine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Jasminum chrysanthemum

Confidence level high