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 ‘Ringleader’

‘Ringleader’, from Messrs. Holmes and Kemp was considered to be a promising new variety.  It is a deep ruby-rose ‘of the finest symmetry’ and was awarded a First Class Certificate at the National Floricultural Society show.  [Gard. Chron. 1853].

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

Listed in Addenda to the 1857 catalogue [A.23/1857].


Published Apr 21, 2009 - 03:09 PM | Last updated Sep 26, 2011 - 09:29 AM

Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Dahlia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Dahlia Ringleader 

Confidence level high