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.

Thunbergia alata Bojer ex Sims var. alba

See Thunbergia alata Bojer ex Sims. Alba is a naturally occurring variety with white flowers with a dark centre.  [RHSD, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This beautiful and interesting plant has so striking a resemblance to Thunbergia alata, in every important particular, except the colour of the corolla, that we are lead to consider it merely a variety of that species.  It is unquestionably a most desirable plant, being so well adapted for training up the raftyers of the stove, or other convenient places, where its loveliness can be clearly seen.’  [MB p.28/1836].  Figured in the Floricultural Cabinet, the illustration used here [FC p.73/1836].

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [H.223/1843].


Published Oct 15, 2009 - 05:16 PM | Last updated May 02, 2011 - 11:56 AM

Thunbergia alata Bojer ex Sims var. alba | FC p.73/1836 | BHL. T. alata alba is at top right.

Family Acanthaceae
Region of origin

Tropical Africa

Common Name

White Black-eyed Susan

Name in the Camden Park Record

Thunbergia alata alba 

Confidence level high