Legion of Honor
Several vendors comment on the almost chartreuse foliage as the plant emerges in the spring. It turns to a light green. The flowers are fuller than several of the other Saunders “reds” coming from similar crosses of lactiflora X officinalis such as ‘Bordeaux’, ‘Defender’, and ‘Liberator’ and so may be more appealing to many. Certainly it was a “hit” when it was first introduced, appearing in the Court of Honor at the 1941 APS convention show held in Syracuse, NY.
The lower photo was taken in a friend’s garden.
|Cultivar:||Legion of Honor|
|Seedling No:||12244. Page 143 of Saunders’ Notebook I|
|Parentage:||5: lactiflora X officinalis 3738|
|Form:||listed as semi-double, 2-3 rows of petals so probably should be single|
|Carpels:||3-6, green, woolly|
|Foliage color:||light green, green stems|
|Foliage form:||narrow, lobed|
|Height:||30″ in 2021|
|Availability:||Several specialty nurseries|