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 ‘Lord Milton’

For generic information on the garden carnation see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Ely’s ‘Lord Milton’ is a crimson bizarre carnation.  ‘Petals large and well formed, crown fine, colours very distinct.’  [Gard. Chron. 1842].  ‘A great favourite; form good; colour high and well distributed; extremely apt to run, but, when in colour, first rate.’  [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 - 04:32 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 05:20 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Carnation

Name in the Camden Park Record

Carnation Ely’s ‘Lord Milton’

Confidence level high