Elizabeth Cahn

Still searching for the identity of Elizabeth Cahn.

Mary Judson Averett of New Jersey was not impressed with its 5 days of bloom in 1948 (National Horticultural Magazine, vol 27, p.109) “the time from the opening of the first bud to the dropping of the last petal was only five days.”

What she wrote is definitely accurate.  It is an early bloomer and easy to miss.

Cultivar: Elizabeth Cahn
Year: 1942
Seedling No: 4931. Page 186 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 13: lactiflora X wittmanniana
Flower: Color: white
Form: single (Saunders described it as twisted but I haven’t observed that)
Blooms: Week  2 or 3
Carpels: 2, pale green, woolly
Stigmas: dark pink
Disc: pink, obscure
Stamens: filaments are white
Plant: Habit: bush
Foliage color: medium green,  red stems
Foliage form: pointed leaves, infolded
Height: 22″ in 2021; 21″ in 2022
Recommendation: Collectors’ plant
Availability: Few specialty nurseries