Postilion

As this plant matures, it becomes more spreading so be sure to give it some room. Held up pretty well in a rainstorm.

The correct spelling of this plant is with one “l” but you may come across spellings with two – even Silvia Saunders had to correct her spelling in her notes. 

Cultivar: Postilion
Year Registered: 1941
Seedling No: 12494. Page 142 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 11A: officinalis ‘Sultan’ X lactiflora
Flower: Color: red, variously termed “scarlet crimson” and “tinge of orange”
Form: semi-double, 3 rows, flowers somewhat irregular but very large
Blooms: Week 4 or 5
Carpels: 5, light
Stigmas: bright pink red
Disc: white, edged pink, prominent
Stamens: filaments pink at base, shading to yellow
Plant: Habit: spreading
Foliage color: medium green, shining
Foliage form: narrow leaves
Height: 40″ in 2021
Recommendation: Recommended especially if you like big red flowers
Availability: Several specialty nurseries