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 Dickson’s ‘Trip to Cambridge’

For generic information on the garden Carnation and Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Dickson’s ‘Trip to Cambridge’ is a heavy edged purple picotee.   

Horticultural & Botanical History

It was exhibited at the Horticultural Society in 1841.  [Gard. Chron. 1841].  ‘A very fine variety; would be better if the guard leaves were larger; as it is, however, it is a very fine flower.  There are other flowers sold under the name, so I would advise amateurs to go to head quarters for it – Dickson, Acre Lane, Brixton.’  [British Florist p.222/1844].  ‘Heavy-edged purple, petals firm, smooth and even, edging sometimes very irregular, good white and colour very well laid on.’  [Gard. Chron. 1842].  ‘The first flower I had of this sort was superb; quite up to the mark and decidedly first rate.’  [Gard. Chron. 1843].  ‘Heavy-edged, purple picotee: pod good; petals very firm and even; ground colour pure; edging pretty regular and even, but sometimes apt to bar.’  [FC p.42/1849]. For further information on the Victorian Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus LMathew’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 - 02:20 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 02:47 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Picotee

Name in the Camden Park Record

Picotee Dickson’s ‘Trip to Cambridge’

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