John Gerarde, The Herball, 1597 - Clove gilloflowers, p.472.

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Date:1597

Description:Carnations are the source for a Shakespearian argument in The Winter’s Tale.

Gerarde described carnations [pinks] with their ancient name ‘clove gillivors’ and Shakespeare’s character Perdita, as queen of the sheep-shearing feast argues with her guest, the disguised King Polixenes: ‘the fairest flowers of the season are our carnations and streaked gillivors which some call nature’s bastards. Of that kind our rustic garden’s bare... (The Winter’s Tale, 4,4, lines 82-84).


Full title: John Gerarde, The Herball, [colophon: Edm. Bollifant for Bonham and John Norton], 1597.


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