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 Sharpe’s ‘Criterion’

For generic information on the garden Carnation and Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Sharpe’s ‘Criterion’ is a light edged red picotee, probably introduced in 1841.  [Gard. Chron. 1841].  ‘Neatly edged, but with a short awkward pod; flowers medium size, and apt to expand confusedly, requiring much care to bloom it well; the layers also root indifferently.’  [Gard. Chron. 1843].  ‘Light-edged, red picotee: pod not very good, being rather short; petals of a medium size, and somewhat confused; ground pretty clear; edging neat and distinct.’  [FC p.80/1849].

Horticultural & Botanical History

For further information on the Victorian Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus Mathew’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 - 03:02 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 12:58 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Picotee

Name in the Camden Park Record

Picotee Sharpe’s ‘Criterion’

Confidence level high