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Dahlia ‘Sir F. Bathurst’

Keynes’ ‘Sir F. Bathurst’.  ‘Crimson, fine petal, very symmetrical in arrangement and true outline, of great depth, but rather flat in centre.’  It was awarded a First class certificate in 1849.  [FC p.4/1850].  ‘Seedlings were numerous but there was nothing amongst them very striking [except] ‘Sir F. Bathurst’, a crimson of fine form, and apparently constant’.  [Gard. Chron. 1849].  It was considered to be one of the best dahlias sent out in the years 1848-50, particularly admirable because it ‘throws [its] blooms well up above the foliage and is of good habit.’  In 1853 it was among ‘dahlias expected to be extensively cultivated this year’.  [Gard. Chron. 1853].  It was also among the prize takers at the great exhibition of dahlias held in Edinburgh in 1855, and again at the Grand National Dahlia Show, September, 1858.  [Gard. Chron. 1855 and 1858].

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.29/1857].


Published Apr 21, 2009 - 03:38 PM | Last updated Sep 26, 2011 - 09:07 AM

Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Dahlia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Dahlia Sir F. Bathurst 

Confidence level high