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.

Parastranthus luteus A.DC.

Half hardy herbaceous perennial with lance shaped, serrated leaves, and loose, terminal spikes of deep yellow flowers in early summer.  To 15cm.  [Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The Lobelia lutea differs in several respects so materially from the other species, that perhaps it ought to constitute a distinct genus. […] Native of the Cape of Good Hope.  Requires to be protected from frost.  Flowers in June and July.  Propagated by offsets from the root.  Communicated by Mr. Knight, Nurseryman, in the King’s-Road, Little-Chelsea.  Introduced into the Kew-Garden, by Mr. Francis Masson, in 1774.’  [BM t.1319/1810].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1851 catalogues [H.131/1850].


Published Sep 30, 2009 - 04:47 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 11:45 AM

Shown are lance shaped, serrated leaves and terminal spike of deep yellow flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1319, 1810.

Parastranthus luteus A.DC. | BM t.1319/1810 | BHL

Family Campanulaceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Lobelia lutea L.
  • Parastranthus simplex G.Don 
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Lobelia lutea 

Confidence level high