Received August 31, 2020. Seedling No. CH-10. Parentage: ‘O-Sho-kun’ open pollinated. First bloomed 1980’s, first propagated 2015. Has been distributed under this name to a number of botanical gardens in Europe. The name and description have also been previously published in two Czech magazines, Zahrádká? and Zahradnictví. Late season bloom (middle of Lacti season). JAPANESE flower form, 6¼ inches in size (16 cm.), 3 blooms per stem, pink (RHS:61B). Three rows of guard petals, rounded, somewhat notched, cupped, base of some petals with flare-like whitish area not normally visible. Average of 4 carpels, yellowish green, smooth. Stigmas normal, creamy yellow, washed pink. Stamens absent. Pollen absent. Staminodes somewhat variable depending on degree of transformation, narrow to broad, creamy yellow, yellow along the edges, often with pink mid-rib. Staminodal disc reasonably well developed, yellow washed green. Fertility not noted. Slight fragrance. Early foliage purple with white pubescence on young leaves along the main vein and petioles. At flowering leaves are green but edges and bases of leaves may retain some purplish tints. Stems and petiole purplish. Upright slightly spreading growth habit, height to 39 inches (99 cm). Named for the constellation Andromeda, in which the galaxy of the same name is located.
Uljana Blažková / Pavel Sekerka