Sparkling Windflower

The foliage on this F2 is certainly much wider than on ‘Early Windflower’ or ‘Late Windflower’ and the red coloration comes from the P. veitchi parentage. (Hong treats veitchi as a subspecies of anomala but recent DNA analysis has caused others to treat it as a species.)  The bloom time is considerably later than its parents (about 3 weeks later in 2020 although planted in the same bed). Silvia Saunders mentioned several F2 plants in her notes, all of which sound intriguing but most seem to have disappeared.


Cultivar: Sparkling Windflower
Year: 1971 (Silvia Saunders/David Reath)
Seedling No: not known
Parentage: 15B: F2 of ‘Early Windflower’ ‘Early Windflower’ = (anomala veitchi X emodi)


Flower: Color: dark bright pink with white flares on outside of petals 
Form: single, 10 petals, somewhat fluted edges, small flowers
Blooms: Week 4
Carpels: 2-3, green
Stigmas: pink
Disc: white, conspicuous
Stamens: filaments are white
Plant: Habit: rounded  to spreading bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: fairly narrow, mostly lobed
Height: 36″ (reported); 30″ in 2021


Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Few specialty nurseries