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.

Scilla autumnalis L.

Bulbous perennial, the leaves narrow, grooved above, appearing after the flowers and persisting throughout winter, flowers nodding, reddish-purple, in autumn.  To 15cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘We suspect our present variety to be of continental extraction, although the species is a native of our islands; growing in several of the western districts, and has even been found in the neighbourhood of London.’  [BM t.919/1806].  

History at Camden Park

Certainly grown at Camden Park as bulbs of Scilla autumnalis were sent to Mrs. Glennie in April 1845. Possibly the Scilla species pink listed in the catalogues, which see.  


Published Jan 09, 2010 - 04:53 PM | Last updated Jan 09, 2010 - 05:08 PM

Figured are narrow leaves and upright raceme of pink, starry flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.919, 1806.

Scilla autumnalis L. | BM t.919/1806 | BHL

Family Hyacinthaceae
Region of origin

Europe including Britain

Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Scilla autumnalis

Confidence level high