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.

Phlox ‘Van Houtii’

It was described in the Botanical Register as a garden hybrid, possibly a cross between P. carolina and P. sauveolens, ‘leaving on a white ground a crimson evidence of its paternity.  The appearance of the plant is beautiful, far beyond anything yet seen in the genus Phlox; and we were almost going to say, beyond any thing among the hardy perennials in cultivation.’  It is a later flowerer, the plant figured having pinkish-purple flowers with white edges. the panicles were large and resembled a modern pernnial phlox. It grows to about 45cm.  [BR f.5/1843].



Horticultural & Botanical History

Phlox ‘Van Houtii’ was raised by Louis Van Houtte, a nurseryman of Ghent in Belgium, and sent to London in 1842.  [BR f.5/1843].

Phloxes may with propriety be registered with the most showy and valuable of hardy herbaceous plants, for the magnitude and density of their panicles of prettily-rounded and lively-coloured blossoms give a most attractive and gay appearance to the borders during the flowering season.  Of late years many beautiful additions have been made to the varieties in cultivation by hybridising; and almost every shade of colour now exists, from pure white to a fine crimson purple.’  One such addition was Van Houtte’s Phlox.  [MB p.173/1844].

‘This very beautiful variety of Phlox we received from M. Louis van Houtte of Ghent; although the entire family of Phloxes deserves a place in every flower garden, this variety has especial recommendations, and is one of the handsomest border perennials grown.’  [FC p.74/1843].



History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.751/1857].




Published Feb 28, 2010 - 11:05 AM | Last updated Jul 26, 2011 - 05:22 PM

Shown is a flowering shoot with terminal panicle of starry purplish-pink flowers with white edge.  Botanical Register f.5, 1843.

Phlox ‘Van Houtii’  | BR f.5/1843 | BHL


Family Polemoniaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Belgium

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Phlox Van Houtii 



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