This is one of the latest of the “lobata” hybrids to bloom but it is worth the wait when the abundant flowers begin to open. Flowers are held just a few inches above the foliage framing them nicely. 

Cultivar: Ludovica
Year: 1941
Seedling No: 9926. Page 22 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora 1875 X  “lobata of Perry”
Flower: Color: bright rose with white flares on both inside and outside of petals
Form: semi-double, 3-4 rows, outer petals notched, cup shaped
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 4-8, light yellow, woolly
Stigmas: deep pink
Disc: pink
Stamens: filaments light yellow
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green, stems are green
Foliage form: medium wide, termal leaf in leaflet sometimes notched
Height: 35″ in 2021
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries