Verbena x hybrida Smith’s ‘Eliza’

A cultivar of Verbena x hybrida Hort. ex Vilm., the Florists’ Verbena.  ‘Eliza [is an] exceedingly rich vermillion red.’  Woods [Gard. Chron. 1848].  George Smith of Islington, in an advertisement in The Gardeners Chronicle, described ‘Eliza’ (Smith) as ‘colour blush, with rosy-purple centre, eye pink, extra large truss, very attractive and fine habit.’  This appears to be a different plant.  [Gard. Chron. 1851].

Horticultural & Botanical History

For information on the botanical and horticultural history of the Florists’ Verbena see Verbena x hybrida Hort. ex Vilm.

History at Camden Park

In February 1849 William Macarthur wrote to James Backhouse: ‘I am desirous to obtain a good collection of the best Verbenas of different shades of colour and I have extracted from a descriptive list published in the Gardener’s Chronicle of 8 April ’48 (which appears to have been written by Mr Wood of Fishergate Nursery, York) – a number of names under the belief that they will supply the variety we require.’  [MP A2933-1, p.183].  There is no record that these plants were received but it seems likely that they were.  


Published Apr 24, 2009 - 03:29 PM | Last updated Aug 29, 2011 - 04:58 PM

More details about Verbena x hybrida Smith’s ‘Eliza’
Family Verbenaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Verbena

Name in the Camden Park Record

Verbena ‘Eliza’

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