The lamp posts

#17 Mutisia decurrens

This plant was growing in Mike and Edna’s greenhouse, but is a native of Chile. It also grows at Killerton near Exeter. It was introduced for Messers Veitch and sons by Richard Pierce in 1859.



#16 Parthenocissus tricuspidata “Veitchii”



Parthenocissus tricuspidata “Veitchii” is native to China and Japan and is often called Boston Ivy. Lamp posts 15, 16 and 17 are on the path beside St David’s churchyard in which Peter Veitch is buried – his grave stone is beside the church wall at the Nave end of the church (outside).

Also buried in this churchyard (with grand gravestones) are “Iron Sam” Kingdon, founder of Garton & King iron founders who made several lamp posts on this trail and Henry Frederick Willey of Willey & co iron foundry – makers of lamp posts too.

#15 Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii

This Physalis is commonly called a Chinese lantern or Cape Gooseberry and has edible fruits which appear as the calyx turns “papery”. The plant was introduced by James Herbert Veitch, son of John Gould Veitch. James Herbert Veitch was a plant hunter and in 1891 set of to tour Botanic and public gardens from India to Japan, Australia and New Zealand with a view to finding plants suitable for cultivation by the Veitch nurseries. By 1898 he was managing the Chelsea based James Veitch and Sons Nursery, but this was not something he was suited to and the business began to decline. The business was transferred to his brother John who was also not suited to running the business and his uncle (Sir) Harry Veitch took over the nursery. It closed in 1914. James Herbert had died in 1907 and was buried in Exeter .