This is presumed to be one of the Saunders seedlings sent by Silvia Saunders to Keith and Peggy Goldsmith of Edmonds, Washington and then on to Alfred Mantaga and Dwight Waitman of A & D Nursery (now owned by Don Smetana and Keith Abel) who registered it. ¬†Named ‘Lovebirds’ for the way in which the two carpals bend toward each other.¬† Sidebuds provide a lengthier bloom season. Foliage is very attractive.


Cultivar: Lovebirds
Year: 1984 (Saunders/Goldsmith/Smetana)
Seedling No: Unknown
Parentage: Unknown


Flower: Color: white and light pink with slightly darker pink streaks
Form: single, 2 rows of petals, large flower
Blooms: Week 4
Carpels: 2, very light green,woolly, pointed toward each other
Stigmas: dark pink
Disc: pink
Stamens: filaments red at base, shading to yellow
Plant: Habit: somewhat sprawling bush when mature
Foliage color: slightly darker green, flower stems are red
Foliage form: fairly broad leaves, shiny, wavy edged, not lobed
Height: 34″ in 2021


Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries