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.

Verbena x hybrida Barker’s ‘Saint Margaret’

A cultivar of Verbena x hybrida Hort. ex Vilm., the Florists’ Verbena.  ‘A light scarlet-crimson, the centre being very distinctly tinged with the beautiful violet displayed in the flowers of the Cactus speciosissimus.  The trusses of bloom are large, as is also the individual flower, which is of good substance and excellent in form.’  [FC p.245/1847].  One of the first of the improved verbenas, with widened lobes, more appropriate for the show bench.  [FC p.30/1849].


Horticultural & Botanical History

For information on the botanical and horticultural history of the Florists’ Verbena see Verbena x hybrida Hort. ex Vilm.


History at Camden Park

Plants sent from Veitch’s Nursery of Exeter to John Bidwill at Camden Park in 1849 included seven named Verbenas of which this plant is one.  These were almost certainly among the many varieties listed in the Addendum of the 1850 catalogue.  [A.63/1850].



Published Jan 30, 2009 - 05:22 PM | Last updated Aug 30, 2011 - 04:36 PM

Family Verbenaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England

Common Name

Florists’ Verbena

Name in the Camden Park Record

Verbena Barker’s ‘Saint Margaret’



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