Cardinal’s Robe

The flowers are held well above the foliage on strong stems. It had a few crooked stems in 2020. It is being evaluated for the Award of Landscape Merit by APS ALM judges.

Cultivar: Cardinal’s Robe
Year: 1940
Seedling No: 9314. Pages 22 7 23 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 7: lactiflora 2011 X “lobata of Perry”


Flower: Color: brilliant “cardinal” red (Wister says “orange tinge”)
Form: single, two rows of petals, slightly crinkled
Blooms: Week 4 or 5
Carpels: 2-4, very pale green (Wister says “white”, not on mine)
Stigmas: rose pink
Disc: white
Stamens: filaments yellow
Plant: Habit: upright bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: narrow pointed leaves
Height: 26″ (reported); 29″ in 2021


Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries