Lactiflora seedling of unknown parentage. First bloomed 1999, first propagated 2006. DOUBLE. Vivid purplish red petals (RHS 66B) are of the cactus dahlia style but flower is double. Petals vary in width with some being narrow and elongate while other wider ones have notched and frilled terminal edges. Flowers can measure 4 to 6 inches in diameter and are held well above the foliage. Leaflets are long and narrow. The plant has many secondary buds. No fragrance. Average height at maturity is 30 inches. Stems do not need support. The flower should appeal for floral design purposes. Named for the social movement and literature of the 1950s which spawned the term “Beatnik” and is in the eyes of the originator reflected in the informal, somewhat rebellious appearance, of the flower.
Maltais, G. / Maltais, D.