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 Mansley’s ‘Robert Burns’

For generic information on the garden carnation see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Crimson bizarre.  ‘Petals well formed, crimson red, white pure, colour well divided. [Gard. Chron. 1842].  ‘A fine and double flower.’  [Gard. Chron. 1843].  ‘Good pod and well formed petals, large flower, excellent colour and marker. This variety took the first prize at the London floricultural exhibition this year.’  It was described as a pink bizarre.  [FC p.276/1842].

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 - 04:37 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 05:12 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Carnation

Name in the Camden Park Record

Carnation Mansley’s ‘Robert Burns’

Confidence level high