Dianthus 'Duchess of Westminster' (Malmaison Carnation)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Mainly dry
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
Dates From:
19th Century

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Plant Details

Light salmon pink. Strong perfume.

Dates from before 1902.

Height: 60cm

Common name(s): Malmaison carnation


Malmaison Carnations

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. 

All our plants are supplied in at least 9x10cm pots. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants planted in bigger pots at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.