Year Introduced: 1847
Flowers freely and is very easy to grow, a great garden survivor, lovely. Looks good used as bedding or in containers.
Also ideal cultivar for fuchsia hedges with its strong upright growth habit.
Originally called General Tom Thumb, but renamed by HG Brown after Chillerton in the Isle of Wight. He found an old plant of General Tom Thumb growing there, but thought it best to rename it to avoid confusion with the quite different cultivar just called Tom Thumb. Nowadays, the original name would be considered the only valid one under taxonomic rules.
Tube: Pale rose pink.
Sepals: Pale pink, darker below, with recurved green tips. Held a little above horizontal.
Corolla: Mauve-violet with pink veins, and paler base, ageing to magenta, 1/2 flared.
|NKvF Award of Merit||RHS HC 1962, RHS AM 1978|
|RHS AGM||RHS AGM|
|Other Awards||RHS AM|
|Medium (3 - 4.5cm)||#|
|H5 (Min -15°C to -10°C)||#|