Sweet May

How well I like this plant is probably evidenced by the number of photographs I’ve taken of it dating back to 2012 when I first saw and photographed it in Don Hollingsworth’s garden.  It is a different, warmer shade of pink than many of the quadruple hybrids. 

The flower color undergoes a transformation as the flower ages, becoming more flat and much of the pink fades to white so you might think (as I did) that a photo is of a different flower.



Cultivar: Sweet May
Year: 1955
Seedling No: 16209 (ref. 1965 catalogue)
Parentage: 28: lactiflora X (officinalis X (mlokosewitschii X macrophylla))
Flower: Color: “warm” pink with white flares on the reverse
Form: single, two rows (10 petals), cupped when first opening
Blooms: Week 3
Carpels: 2-3, greenish yellow, slightly woolly
Stigmas: dark red
Disc: white, conspicuous
Stamens: filaments pink at base, shading to yellow
Plant: Habit: upright, spreads more when mature
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: medium sized leaves
Height: 28″ in 2021
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries