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 ‘Invincible’

For generic information on the garden Carnation and Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Sharpe’s ‘Invincible’ is a ‘light-edged purple, petals well formed, white good, and edging regular.’  [Gard. Chron. 1842].  ‘Pod good; petals well formed; ground pure; edging pretty regular.’  [FC p.79/1949].  ‘Another ex. ex. flower, with more stuff than the last named [‘Nulli secundus’] though perhaps not quite equalling it in other respects, still a desirable variety.’  [BF p.220/1844].

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 - 02:57 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 01:00 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Picotee

Name in the Camden Park Record

Picotee Sharpe’s ‘Invincible’

Confidence level high