The succulents of Portmeirion Pottery

Walker, Colin (2021). The succulents of Portmeirion Pottery. Cactus & Succulent Review(28) pp. 47–53.

URL: http://www.cactusandsucculentreview.org.uk

Abstract

The Botanic Garden range of pottery produced by Portmeirion went into production in 1972. It included botanical images reproduced from 19th century botanical works, notably Thomas Green's The Universal Herbal (1824).
Aloe vera and Selenicereus grandiflora are the only succulents to feature in this range and both are copied directly from Green's book. The image of the cactus has been traced back to an earlier important work of the previous century: Philip Miller's Figures of the Most Beautiful, Useful and Uncommon Plants Described in the Gardeners Dictionary (1755-1760), but this is unacknowledged by the pottery creators.
The true origin of the Aloe vera image has yet to be determined.
The images from the range of pottery and their earlier sources are compared and contrasted.

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