Year Introduced: 1936
This lovely old timer has eye catching and substantial blooms of pink and purple red. It is very easy to grow, and is especially easy to deadhead, making it really useful as a plant for mixed containers. Growth is bushy and vigorous, the weight of the flowers tends to make the growth arch over gently, giving a great display.
Distinctive flower shape due to the strongly recurving sepals. Definitely deserves to be more widely grown.
Tube: Light red pink 38D, darker stripes. Short, rounded, yellow green 145A ovary.
Sepals: Red pink 51D, above, paler 49A below, faint white central stripe. Horizontal, but very pale tips recurve strongly, almost touching the tube when mature.
Corolla: Purple red N57A, slightly paler at the base of the smooth, overlapping petals, 1/4 flared. Complemented by light red pink stamens with purple red anthers which open with pale yellow pollen. The slightly longer and paler style has a pale yellow rounded stigma.
Foliage: Fairly small, dark green 141A leaves with serrated edges, veins barely visible. Young stems are reddish.
Parentage: Santa Monica x Grenadine.
|Medium (3 - 4.5cm)||#|
|H2 (Min 1°C to 5°C)||#|