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Verbena x hybrida ‘Imperatrice Josephine’

A cultivar of Verbena x hybrida Hort. ex Vilm., the Florists’ Verbena. ‘This very pretty variety of dwarf habit, not exceeding 4ins in height and bearing a succession of bright lavender flowers striped with white, [is] well adapted for edging or small beds.’  Youll & Co. advertisement.  [Gard. Chron. 1857].  ‘Imperatrice Josephine’ was included in Wood’s list of rich-coloured varieties.  ‘Imperatrice Josephine [is an] interesting approach to a lively blue.’  [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 - 03:19 PM | Last updated Aug 29, 2011 - 05:08 PM

Family Verbenaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably Belgium or France

Common Name

Florists’ Verbena

Name in the Camden Park Record

Verbena ‘Imperatrice Josephine’

Confidence level high