Light salmon pink. Strong perfume.
Dates from before 1902.
Common name(s): Malmaison carnation
Malmaison carnations were bred from a seedling of the now lost Tree Carnation. The first, called 'Souvenir de la Malmaison' after the rose which it supposedly resembled, was bred in 1857. It had large flowers, up to 8cm across and an exquisite scent. It became very popular and many new varieties followed. Sadly, most have now been lost. These carnations are reputedly tender, although to date we have not lost any due to frost. If in doubt, grow in a container which can be brought into a conservatory or cold greenhouse over winter. They flower all summer and are excellent for cutting.