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.

Nolana humifusa (Gouan) Johnst.

Half hardy spreading perennial with lilac-blue flowers with white, lilac-blue streaked, throats in summer.  To 15cm spreading.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The Nolana prostrata is a native of Peru, a country to which a large proportion of the tender annuals that ornament our flower gardens at the close of Summer owe their origin.  The flowers are of a pale blue colour beautifully streaked from the centre with veins of dark purple, and when expanded are very pleasing to the eye; but unfortunately this is only while the sun shines. […] Cultivated by Miller in the year 1761.’  [BM t.731/1804].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [H.159/1843].


Nolana prostrata Hort.Monsp. ex Dun. = Nolana paradoxa Lindl., another Chilian species.

Published Feb 12, 2009 - 12:48 PM | Last updated Jul 31, 2010 - 04:23 PM

The illustration shows a recumbent plant with ovate leaves and pale blue flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.731, 1804.

Nolana humifusa (Gouan) Johnst. | BM t.731/1804 | BHL

Family Solanaceae
Region of origin

Peru, Chile

  • Nolana prostrata L.f.
  • Atropa humifusa Gouan
Common Name

Chilean bell flowers

Name in the Camden Park Record

Nolana prostrata 

Confidence level high