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Dianthus caryophyllus Wilson’s ‘Miss Fanny Irby’

For generic information on the garden Carnation and Picotee see Dianthus caryophyllus L.  Wilson’s ‘Miss Fanny Irby’ is a rose edged picotee.  ‘Light-edged rose, petals well formed, smooth and not serrated; white good, with very regular edging.’  [Gard. Chron. 1842].  ‘Flowers of medium size, rather heavily edged with rosy-salmon colour: a desirable variety.’  [Gard. Chron. 1843].  ‘Wilson’s Fanny Irby must not be forgotten; this is a good and useful sort, fine petals and of good size.  The margin is rather paler (than other rose-edged varieties), and it is likewise an older flower: still it is a good favourite.’  [Gard. Chron. 1845].  ‘Light-edged, rose picotee: pod pretty fair; petals well formed and smooth; ground good, edging very regular; and although this is of the light class, it is a little too heavy. The flower is of medium size.’  [FC p.79/1849].  ‘A pretty scarlet-edged flower, raised by the Hon. and Rev. Robert Wilson, raiser of ‘Harriet’, ‘Pluperfect’, etc.’  [British Florist p.221/1844].

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 - 12:32 PM | Last updated Aug 26, 2011 - 03:04 PM

Family Caryophyllaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Picotee

Name in the Camden Park Record

Picotee Wilson’s ‘Miss Fanny Irby’

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