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Verbena x hybrida ‘Atrosanguinea’

A cultivar of Verbena x hybrida Hort. ex Vilm., the Florists’ Verbena.  ‘Dark velvety red, with pale eye, a compact grower and profuse bloomer, with a remarkably fine truss of flowers. Height 9 inches.’  W. P. Ayres.  [GC Oct. 11th, 1845].  ‘Atrosanguinea - or Victory – [has] unequalled large heads of rich crimson [and is] adapted for late autumnal bloom.’  ‘Atrosanguinea’ was included in Wood’s list of rich-coloured varieties.  Woods [Gard. Chron. 1848].  

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

In February 1849 William Macarthur wrote to James Backhouse: ‘I am desirous to obtain a good collection of the best Verbenas of different shades of colour and I have extracted from a descriptive list published in the Gardener’s Chronicle of 8 April ’48 (which appears to have been written by Mr Wood of Fishergate Nursery, York) – a number of names under the belief that they will supply the variety we require.’  [MP A2933-1, p.183].  There is no record that these plants were received but it seems likely that they were.  


Published Apr 24, 2009 - 02:35 PM | Last updated Nov 28, 2011 - 02:54 PM

Figured are 3 verbenas, with deep red, blue or rose-pink flowers, each with a white eye.

Verbena x hybrida cultivars ‘Lady Lacon’, ‘Bluebeard’ and ‘Wonderful’ | Florist and Fruitist p.97/1855 | BHL. ‘Wonderful’, the deep red verbena shown here, probably looked much like ‘Atrosanguinea’.

Family Verbenaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England

Common Name

Florists’ Verbena

Name in the Camden Park Record

Verbena ‘Atrosanguinea’

Confidence level high