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Verbena x hybrida ‘Rosy Morn’

A cultivar of Verbena x hybrida Hort. ex Vilm., the Florists’ Verbena.  White shaded or margined with rich cherry colour. ‘Rosy Morn’ was included in Wood’s list of ‘rich-coloured varieties.’  ‘Rosy Morn (has a) lovely cherry-coloured margin.’  ‘Cultivators who manage to grow Rosy morn as I have seen it, will not easily forget it, and those who have it not may regret its absence.’  [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 - 03:16 PM | Last updated Aug 29, 2011 - 05:09 PM

Family Verbenaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, probably England

Common Name

Florists’ Verbena

Name in the Camden Park Record

Verbena ‘Rosy Morn’

Confidence level high