The large, double flower opens dark red. The red pigment is more pronounced and retains its brilliance longer, in cool spring climate. The large outer petals enclose many layers of segments toward the center. Inner segments are narrower, ruffled, and twisted, forming a high build bloom. The flower structure is quite loose, revealing occasionally some remnant stamens. The attractive flower is of good form and substance. The bush has a satisfying plant habit, it is vigorous, good increase, and produces a large clump within a few years of planting. It is a dependable bloomer with ample color on a medium height bush. The bush does not hold its form and the long stems sag when in open flower, especially if subjected to rain. For presentation in the viewed landscape, this variety requires mechanical support. The bush is well-clad in semi-glossy, medium green foliage, the narrow, pointed leaflets remain healthy well into the fall here in NW Missouri. This variety furnishes fine stems for the vase and is a good choice for the cut flower garden.
Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Best Cut®; general garden and landscape use; perennial border; cut flower garden; deer resistant.
Basic Growing Requirements
Full Sun. Water as needed, sensitive to overwatering and waterlog conditions. Soil pH 6.5-7. Fertile, well-draining soil.
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