I don’t find the flowers all that interesting or unusual and there were only about a dozen on my 8 year old plant in 2020. It is fairly easy to obtain so obviously others are more excited about it than I am. Saunders himself called it “a corker” and “a great beauty” in his notebook! It was one of the first hybrids he introduced and it was a new form so that may have influenced his comments. Would he have been as excited about it in 1950?
Be sure to give it some room.
|Seedling No:||1578. Page 58 of Saunders’ Notebook I|
|Parentage:||4: lactiflora ‘Primavere’ X macrophylla|
|Flower:||Color:||very light pink, fades to pure white|
|Form:||single, large (7-8″) flowers, 8 petals|
|Carpels:||generally 2, light colored (grey?), woolly|
|Disc:||white (Silvia Saunders’ notes)|
|Stamens:||filaments red at base, shading to yellow|
|Foliage color:||medium green, conspicuous red stems|
|Foliage form:||large leaves showing macrophylla heritage, not lobed|
|Height:||36″ (reported) but mine is 23″ in 2022 and 40″ wide|
|Availability:||Several specialty nurseries|