Sprite

Flowers are held on strong stems well above the foliage; the size of the petals gives it a fuller look than have most single flowers.  Its early bloom time, delicate coloration, and crepe paper like texture (okay, that dates me) made it one of my favorite flowers in 2020.

Cultivar: Sprite
Year: 1950
Seedling No: 16339. Page 2a of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 26: lactiflora X ‘Gwenda’ ((‘Gwenda’ = (tenuifolia X mlokosewitschii))
Flower: Color: white with apple blossom pink veins and edges
Form: single, 10 large crinkled petals
Blooms: Week 3
Carpels: 4, grey green, woolly
Stigmas: dark pink
Disc: [DISC]
Stamens: filaments lemon color, anthers orange gold
Plant: Habit: upright
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: medium sized leaves, not lobed
Height: tall
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries