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.

Pelargonium ‘Golden Chain’

A golden variegated geranium, leaves marginated not zonate.  It has a dwarf, spreading habit, its leaves flat, yellow, with green disk.  The flowers are abundant, bright scarlet.  It was given a First Class Certificate by the Horticultural Society in 1862.  [Gard. Chron. 1862].  ‘Leaves large, with a broad rim of rich yellow, and having a lead-shaped green at the centre.  The flowers are scarlet of excellent form. It is a charming variety.’  [FC p.146/1850].


Horticultural & Botanical History

For more information on the botanical and horticultural history of the Florist’s Geranium see Pelargonium cultivars.  It was the Victorian habit in England to lift scarlet-flowered Pelargoniums from the garden each year ‘because they are more serviceable for future use than young plants, by bearing flowers instead of growing exuberantly’.  [Gard. Chron. 1854].


History at Camden Park

Listed only in an addendum to the 1857 catalogue [A.49/1857].



Published Jan 29, 2009 - 03:17 PM | Last updated Oct 01, 2011 - 04:34 PM

Family Geraniaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England

Common Name

Florists’ Geranium

Name in the Camden Park Record

Geranium Golden Chain 


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