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 Wynen’s ‘Princess Alice’

A cultivar of Verbena x hybrida Hort. ex Vilm., the Florists’ Verbena.  White with a cherry-pink centre and large flower trusses, classified as an upright variety.  [Gard. Chron. 1847, 1851].  ‘White, deep cherry centre, large and splendid flowers.’  A new variety for 1849.  [Gard. Chron. 1849].  ‘Blush white with a distinct ray of bright rose around a white eye, giving the flower a very pretty appearance; truss large, individual flowers rather small, but of fair shape.’  [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 - 05:25 PM | Last updated Aug 29, 2011 - 05:27 PM

Family Verbenaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Verbena

Name in the Camden Park Record

Verbena Wynen’s ‘Princess Alice’



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