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.

Dianthus caryophyllus Barraud’s ‘Euphemia’

For generic information on the garden Carnation and Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Barraud’s ‘Euphemia’ is a yellow picotee, introduced in 1844.  [Gard. Chron. 1844].  ‘Some few years ago the class of yellow picotees was composed entirely of flowers which now would be considered sad frights, more like Ragged Robins in the deep serration of the petals, than anything else; and whilst rapid improvements were making in the other varieties, this class was comparatively neglected: Martin’s Queen Victoria was the greatest advance.  But perhaps, one of the handsomest is Barroud’s ‘Euphemia’, which has a good pod and petal, of good form, with a violet-purple lace, or feather, on a rather deep yellow ground colour.’  [Gard. Chron. 1845].

Horticultural & Botanical History

For further information on the Victorian Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus Mathew’s ‘Ne Plus Ultra’.

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 Apr 12, 2009 - 12:55 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 02:56 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England

Common Name

Florists’ Picotee

Name in the Camden Park Record

Picotee Barraud’s ‘Euphemia’

Confidence level low