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.

Passiflora lutea L.

A half-hardy perennial climber with 3-lobed, cordate leaves with yellowish-green flowers.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1714.  [PD]. ‘The present species, and the quadrangularis already given in the fourteenth article of this work, are, we suspect, exemplifications of nearly the extremes of size in the flower of this genus.  Probably likewise of the fruit, which in the one is of the size of a pea, in the other larger than a swan’s egg. […] The species is native of Jamaica, Virginia, Carolina, and Florida.  Will endure our common winters planted at the foot of a warm wall.  The root is perennial and creeping.  The stem herbaceous, diffusely branched, climbing by tendrils, seldom exceeding four feet.  The foliage varies much in size, and when young has a minute soft pubescence on the under surface, as well as the petiole, peduncle, and branches.  The flowers are generally in pairs, and appear about August.’  [BR f.79/1816].

History at Camden Park

Desideratum to Loddiges’ Nursery on 6th January 1845 [MP A2933-2, p.28].  I have found no further records and it may never have been grown at Camden. 


Published Jan 31, 2010 - 04:28 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 02:00 PM

Figured are vine-like leaves and small, yellow passionflowers.  Botanical Register f.79, 1816.

Passiflora lutea L. | BR f.79/1816 | BHL

Family Passifloraceae
Region of origin

Southern USA

Common Name

Yellow passionflower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Passiflora lutea 

Confidence level high