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.

Drosanthemum flavum (Haw.) Schwantes

Yellow flowers.  [JD].  Dwarf, erect-growing shrub with slender branches and glittering, crowded leaves, nearly circular in section.  [Sonder – Flora Capensis].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Botanically described as Mesembryanthemum flavum by Haworth in 1821 [Revisiones Plantarum Succulentarum p.183/1821] and transferred to Drosanthemum as Drosanthemum flavum by Schwantes in 1927 [Zeitschrift für Sukkulentenkunde vol.3, p.30/1927].

Introduced to Britain in 1820.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Obtained from the Sydney Botanic Garden, 28th October 1846.  [RBGS AB].


This plant is now rare and endangered, placed on the Red List of the South African National Biodiversity Institute.


Published Oct 10, 2009 - 01:46 PM | Last updated Feb 13, 2012 - 01:12 PM

Family Aizoaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Mesembryanthemum flavum Haw.


Common Name

Livingstone daisy

Name in the Camden Park Record

Mesembryanthemum flavum 

Confidence level high