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.

Justicia splendens Hort.

I have been unable to identify a plant of this name.  It is probably a nursery name for one of the more commonly grown species such as Justicia carnea Lindl., which see.  The only reference to a plant of this name I have found is in the San Francisco Municipal Reports for 1994-95 [web sources].  The name is listed among plants grown in the Conservatory, together with Justicia carnea, without further clarification. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Splendens’ is a common specific epithet meaning ‘shining, gleaming, brilliant’ [Stearn] and not very helpful in identification.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.612/1857].


Published Mar 27, 2009 - 05:16 PM | Last updated Apr 14, 2011 - 03:40 PM

Family Acanthaceae
Region of origin

Not known, but probably of garden origin

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Justicia splendens

Confidence level low