The first plant I purchased as ‘Rushlight’ turned out to be ‘Lady Gay’ but I obtained the real thing from a friend in 2020. I was excited to see it bloom in 2021.

Cultivar: Rushlight
Year: 1950
Seedling No: 16344/16363. Page 2a of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 26: lactiflora X ‘Gwenda’; ‘Gwenda’ is F2 of (tenuifolia X mlokosewitschii)
Flower: Color: ivory
Form: single, 2 rows of about 10 petals, crinkled and ruffled
Blooms: [BLOOM]
Carpels: 4, light green, very woolly
Stigmas: dark red
Disc: dark red
Stamens: filaments red only at very base, shading to yellow for about 80% of their length
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green leaves, some red at stem nodes
Foliage form: [FORM]
Height: 29″ (reported); 25″ in 2022 on a second year plant
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Rare