King’s Ransom

Again, I find a discrepancy in filament color between my plant and Silvia’s notes. However, the tops of the filaments are lighter and could be described as “cream”.  I have other photos in which the red color is only close to the base of the filaments. Silvia also noted that petals (petaloids) could be scattered throughout the anthers.

I’ve received ‘King’s Ransom’ from two different and reliable sources.  The two plants are identical so I’m fairly confident I have the right plant in spite of the discrepancy in filament color.

Cultivar: King’s Ransom
Year: 1952
Seedling No: 14153 
Parentage: unknown, never offered in a Saunders’ Nursery Catalogue
Flower: Color: red, lighter than ‘Patriot’ or ‘Postilion’
Form: semi-double
Blooms: 4 or 5
Carpels: 5, pale green, glabrous
Stigmas: pale pink
Disc: white
Stamens: filaments red at base, shading lighter (Silvia Saunders’ notes say “cream”)
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: medium sized leaves, lobed
Height: tall, 37″ in 2021
Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Rare