Silvia Saunders wrote this about ‘Papilio’ in her notebook: “Peach pink dwarf with conspicuous veinings, stigmas bright pink, otherwise heart all gold and cream. Early for race; foliage slightly hairy.” The name ‘Papilio’ refers to the veining resembling veins of butterfly wings, Papilio being the genus of swallowtail butterflies.
I received this cultivar from two different individuals in 2021. The one from a longtime Saunders collector and hybridizer is shown in the photos above. The one from a European source is not correct – it has a white single flower (photo on right) somewhat resembling ‘Astarte’ but I’m hoping it might be ‘Carolina’ which I don’t have and which seems to be more common in Europe than in the USA.
|Parentage:||lactiflora X “Lobata of Perry”|
|Carpels:||2, light green|
|Stamens:||white, some pink and yellow striping|
|Foliage color:||medium green|
|Foliage form:||narrow leaves|
|Height:||young plant so can’t give the height|
|Availability:||Extremely Rare, no commercial source|