Ballerina

P. wittmanniana is now considered a subspecies of P. daurica, as is P. mlokosewitschii.  However, Saunders was able to successfully cross it with a lactiflora while he could not achieve the same cross between lactiflora and mlokosewitschii.  As one of the first generation of hybrids between two species, it is a rare double.  Thus it is a much sought-after plant which may prove difficult to grow.

Cultivar: Ballerina
Year: 1941
Seedling No: 8891. Page 192 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 13A: wittmanniana X lactiflora ‘Lady Alexandra Duff’
Flower: Color: greenish yellow; sometimes described as cream
Form: double
Blooms: Week 4
Carpels: 3, yellowish at base, shading to pink towards the style, glabrous
Stigmas: deep purplish red
Disc: pink, obscure
Stamens: filaments red at base, shading to yellow
Plant: Habit: bush
Foliage color: medium green, reddish tint to stems
Foliage form: smooth edged, pointed leaves
Height: 29″ in 2021 on 2 year plant
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Very rarely offered and pricey when it is