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.

Tropaeolum peregrinum L.

Frost-tender, strong-growing, annual climber with 5-lobed leaves and hook-spurred, bright yellow flowers, resembling tiny birds wings, from summer to autumn.  To 4m.  [RHSE, Hortus]. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘It is a tender annual and a great climber; has not, that we known of, hitherto succeeded in the open air, but will probably, like the Marvel of Peru, become accustomed to the climate after a few generations, if ripe seeds shall be produced here.’  [BM t.1351/1811].  According to Don Tropaeolum aduncum was introduced to Britain in 1775, the date given for T. peregrinum by Paxton’s Dictionary.  BR f.718/1823.  ABR pl.597/1810. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [B.437/1850]. 


Published Jan 22, 2009 - 11:32 AM | Last updated Aug 01, 2010 - 02:59 PM

The image shows a creeper with 5-lobed leaves and bright yellow flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.1351, 1811.

Tropaeolum peregrinum L. | BM t.1351/1811 | BHL

Family Tropaeoleaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Tropaeolum aduncum Sm.
  • Tropaeolum canariense Hort. ex Lindl. & Moore
  • Tropaeolum polyphyllum Cav.
  • Tropaeolum smithii DC. 

Common Name

Canary creeper

Name in the Camden Park Record

Tropaeolum aduncum 

Confidence level high