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.

Dahlia ‘Countess of Harrington’

Although the handwriting is somewhat illegible this plant is probably ‘Countess of Harrington’.  It was a regular prize winner in 1834.  [FC 1834).  Another possibility is Allman’s ‘Countess of Torrington’, winner of ten prizes in the 1840 show season. 

Horticultural & Botanical History

For more information on the botanical and horticultural history of the Florist’s Dahlia see Dahlia pinnata Cav.

History at Camden Park

‘Countess of Harrington’ is probably one of the ‘about 20 others’ referred to in reference to Dahlia Dodds’ ‘Mary’, which see.  It was listed in a letter to Mrs. J. C. Wickham dated 16th August1844, and included in a consignment of plants which accompanied the letter.  [MP A2933-2, p.6].


Published Apr 21, 2009 - 04:20 PM | Last updated Sep 26, 2011 - 08:49 AM

Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England

Common Name

Florists’ Dahlia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Dahlia Countess of Harrington 

Confidence level low