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.

Lobelia coronipifolia L. var. caerulea

Procumbent half-hardy perennial with toothed, lance-shaped leaves and large purplish-blue flowers.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This beautiful plant [Lobelia caerulea] has many points in common with L. coronipifolia, especially in the leaves; but one thinks the flowers will afford sufficient marks of distinction.’  [BM t.2701/1826].  ‘This beautiful little plant, which is a native of South Africa, has been lately introduced: its stems are herbaceous, each producing three or four flowers on a very long stalk.’  [LBC no.1206/1827].  Introduced to Britain in 1824.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Desideratum to Loddiges’ nursery on 6th January 1845.  [MP A2933-2, p.28].


Published Sep 30, 2009 - 05:10 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 11:40 AM

Shown are the toothed, lance-shaped leaves and large purplish-blue flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.2701, 1826.

Lobelia coronipifolia L. var. caerulea | BM t.2701/1826 as Lobelia caerulea | BHL

Family Campanulaceae
Region of origin

South Africa


Lobelia caerulea Hook. 

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Lobelia caerulea 

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