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.

Lupinus paniculatus Desr. var. pubescens (Benth.) Wedd.

Hardy annual with violet-blue flowers with a white centre.  To 90cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].  Said to be a hybrid of Lupinus paniculatus var. pubescens, the other parent not given.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1831.  [JD].  ‘A very pretty annual Lupine, native of Mexico, whence seeds were sent to the Horticultural Society by Dr. Deppe in 1831.  It flowers in the open air, most abundantly, in June.  Its seeds are ripened in tolerable quantity, and by them it is increased.  Of all the annual Lupines this is by far the handsomest: it even rivals the best of the perennial species.’  [BR f.1581/1833].

History at Camden Park

Seed order to Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London, on 8th April 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.132]. 


Many hybrids are grown under a variety of names, including elegans, known collectively as Lupinus hybridus Lem.  [Hortus].  Macarthur’s plant may be one of these.

Published Oct 03, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Last updated Jul 21, 2010 - 12:28 PM

Figured is a Lupin with blue-purple flowers and drooping palmate leaves.  Botanical Register  f.1581, 1833.

Lupinus paniculatus var. pubescens (Benth.) Wedd. | BR f.1581/1833 | BHL

Family Fabaceae
Region of origin

Mexico and Guatemala

  • Lupinus pubescens Benth.
  • Lupinus elegans H.B. & K. 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Lupinus elegans 

Confidence level medium