Man of War
This plant has several characteristics of a lactiflora: it blooms late in the season and has side buds. Foliage is considered intermediate between its two parents. It has a big boss of yellow stamens with a few petaloids mixed in. It is quite different from other hybrids introduced by Saunders.
The registration lists it as being discarded and also as having green stems so I am not quite sure what to think about my plant!
|Cultivar:||Man of War|
|Seedling No:||2796. Page 127 of Saunders’ Notebook I|
|Parentage:||5: lactiflora 447 X officinalis (crimson single)|
|Flower:||Color:||very dark pink (purple toned)|
|Form:||registered as semi-double (only 2 rows of petals on my young plant and Saunders’ notes say single)|
|Blooms:||Week 4 or 5|
|Stigmas:||very dark pink|
|Disc:||white, edged pink|
|Stamens:||filaments red just at base, shading to yellow|
|Foliage color:||dark green leaves, red stems|
|Foliage form:||narrow leaves|
|Height:||33″ (reported, Saunders’ notes); 40″ in 2021|