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 ‘Quilled Perfection’

Brown’s ‘Quilled Perfection’ was included in a list of 50 excellent dahlias in the Floricultural Cabinet.  [FC p.68/1837].  In 1838 it was described as ‘occasionally very fine, but very uncertain and rather too much quilled’, suggesting it was a semi-cactus or cactus type.

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

‘Quilled Perfection’ 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 - 04:17 PM | Last updated Sep 26, 2011 - 08:51 AM

Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Dahlia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Dahlia Quilled Perfection 

Confidence level high