Shell Pink

This is another plant I had to purchase twice so my plant is still very young. It seems quite different from other progeny of lactiflora X daurica ssp. macrophylla which may suggest the pollen parent was indeed daurica ssp. tomentosa. A very unusual coloration in the flowers making this quite a distinctive cultivar.


Cultivar: Shell Pink
Year: 1939
Seedling No: 1513. Page 57r of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 4: lactiflora X macrophylla (from Van Tubergen, possibly tomentosa)


Flower: Color: pale pink with cast of pale green
Form: single, 10 petals, very crinkled and irregular
Blooms: Week 2 or 3
Carpels: 3, green, very woolly
Stigmas: bright pink
Disc: pink, obscure
Stamens: filaments dark pink/red at base, shading to almost white
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: medium sized leaves are entire
Height: 22″ (reported); 29″ in 2021, 24″ in 2022


Recommendation: Collectors’ plant]
Availability: Rare; purchased from a now-closed nursery