The flower is double on well grown mature plants, semi-double or even single on immature specimens. The flower opens in an intricate color, ranging from shell pink to peach shades of the outer petals to the butter yellow shades of the inner segments. The pigments are more pronounced in cool spring weather and remain bright as the flower matures. The segments are of a quite heavy and of nearly waxy substance. Broad outer petals surround rows of segments that grade narrower toward the center of stamens. These pollen bearing stamens are obscured in fully formed double flowers. Flowers are extra-large when grown in protected areas or cut in bud and opened indoors. It is a dependable variety with a satisfying plant habit. Free flowering, the blooms open staggered over time, lasting a two-week period in our Midwestern climate. The increase of this vigorous plant is noteworthy and well above average, growing a substantial clump within three to four years of planting here in NW Missouri. One large flower is born close enough to the foliage for a pleasing presentation. The medium height stems arch with the double flower but lends well for concealed support mechanics. The mid-green foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season, eventually turning golden yellow in the fall. Fully grown specimens make for a stunning focal point in the perennial border. The stems are just long enough for cutting furnishing stems with a unique color for the vase. It is a great choice for the cut flower garden and offers some utility to commercial cut flower growers looking for an unusual color on stems that store well in a cooler.
Awards, Best Use & Distinctions
Best Cut®; unique color; 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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