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 tuberosa Jacq.

A tuberous-rooted climber with two-lobed leaves and greenish-white flowers with purple and white corona.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Tuberosa is native of the West Indian Islands, and was introduced many years ago.  The drawing was taken at the nursery of Messrs. Colville, in the King’s Road, Chelsea; where the plant flowers abundantly for a long time in succession, and proves a very desirable ornament for the hothouse.’  [BR f.432/1819].

‘The root is fleshy and yellow.  The stem, which is slender, angular, and with few side branches, grows to the height of twenty feet.  The painting on the leaves is observed to decrease toward the upper part of the plant, and at the top to disappear altogether.’  [LBC no.101/1818].  Introduced to Britain in 1784.  [PD].  

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 - 04:39 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 01:59 PM

Figured are bilobed, spotted leaves and greenish-white flowers with purple and white corona.  Botanical Register f.432, 1819.

Passiflora tuberosa Jacq. | BR f.432/1819 | BHL

Family Passifloraceae
Region of origin


  • Passiflora punctata Lodd.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Passiflora punctata 

Confidence level high