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 Ely’s ‘Duke of Bedford’

For generic information on the garden carnation see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Ely’s ‘Duke of Bedford’ is a crimson bizarre carnation.  ‘A beautifully marked flower; white pure and shape good.’  [Gard. Chron. 1843].  ‘Well formed flowers, not large, but clean, and well filled with colour.’  [FC p.254/1842].

Horticultural & Botanical History

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 08, 2009 - 04:35 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 05:18 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Carnation

Name in the Camden Park Record

Carnation Ely’s ‘Duke of Bedford’

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