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 Chadwick’s ‘Brilliant’

For generic information on the garden carnation see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Chadwick’s ‘Brilliant’ is a scarlet flake carnation.  The white was considered to be good, the ‘flower, however, is rather too thin.’  [Gard. Chron. 1843].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Elliot’s ‘Brilliant’ was ‘a rich scarlet flake, with a pure white ground. Petals of thick substance and fine form.’  [FC p.243/1848].

For further 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 Apr 09, 2009 - 05:26 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 05:03 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Carnation

Name in the Camden Park Record

Carnation Chadwick’s ‘Brilliant’

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