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Dianthus caryophyllus Puxley’s ‘Prince Albert’

A cultivar of Dianthus caryophyllus L. For generic information on the garden carnation see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Puxley’s ‘Prince Albert’ is a crimson bizarre carnation.  ‘Good form, petals of fair substance, crimson very red, white pure, striping broad, colours well mixed.’  [Gard. Chron. 1842].  ‘Fine large flowers.’  FC p.254/1842].  ‘The scarlet and dark colours are rich, and upon a good white ground, fine form.’  [FC p.243/1848].  ‘Prince Albert’ is figured in the British Florist.  [BF pl.19/1841].  ‘An uncertain flower, rather faint in colour, but large, and a desirable variety.’  [BF p.217/1844].

Horticultural & Botanical History

For information on Victorian Florists’ Carnations see Dianthus caryophyllus Smith’s ‘Duke of Wellington’


History at Camden Park

In October 1849 a large consignment of plants was sent by Veitch and Sons, Exeter, to J. C. Bidwill at Camden Park.  The consignment included named Carnations and Picotees, the present plant included.  [MP A2943]. 



Published Jan 26, 2009 - 04:49 PM | Last updated Oct 01, 2011 - 04:29 PM

The image shows a double carnation with white ground colour, strongly streaked with crimson.  British Florist pl.19, 1841.

Carnation Puxley’s ‘Prince Albert’ | BF pl.19/1841 | RBGS


Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Carnation

Name in the Camden Park Record

Carnation Puxley’s ‘Prince Albert’

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