Treasure's description

Canna lily and cobweb house leek

Canna lily and cobweb house leek

These delicate portraits of a Canna lily and a cobweb house leek were drawn by Sydenham Edwards (1768-1819) for his 1812 work 'The new botanic garden'. The engravings were executed by Sansom. Canna lilies come from the Cannaceae family, and have rhizomes. They originate from tropical and subtropical areas but have been widely adapted to grow in domestic gardens from the early nineteenth century onwards. House leeks are Sempervivums, they are succulents (so hold water in their leaves), and are a genus of the Crassulaceae family. The University of Bristol Libraries hold a fine collection of botanical works, covering both manuscript and printed sources.