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Verbena x hybrida Manley’s ‘Victory’

A cultivar of Verbena x hybrida Hort. ex Vilm., the Florists’ Verbena.  James Manley, Seedsman and Florist of Exeter, advertised his verbena ‘Victory’ in  The Gardeners Chronicle describing it as ‘large dark scarlet, in the way of Atrosanguinea; but a great improvement in the eye; a good show flower.’  [Gard. Chron. 1847].  ‘Victory’ was included in Woods’ list of ‘rich-coloured varieties’, and he agreed with Manley’s assessment: ‘Victory takes the precedence of Atrosanguinea, solely in having a more prominent white eye.’  [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 - 02:37 PM | Last updated Aug 29, 2011 - 05:18 PM

Family Verbenaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, England

Common Name

Florists’ Verbena

Name in the Camden Park Record

Verbena ‘Victory’

Confidence level high