Received August 31, 2020. Seedling No. CH-16. Parentage unknown. First bloomed 1980’s, first propagated 2017. Has been distributed under this name to a number of botanical gardens in Europe. The name and description have also been previously published in Index Plantarum of Pruhonice Botanic Garden. Mid/late season bloom. ANEMONE flower form, 5 inches in size (12½ cm.), 2-3 blooms per stem, sometimes only 1, pink (RHS:67A). Two rows of guard petals slightly cupped, notched, width 2 inches (5 cm). Inner petals open same color as guards, may have coral tints, are edged creamy yellow, fade to lighter pink as flower matures. Petalodes at center are larger. Average of 4 carpels, yellowish green, slightly hairy. Stigmas purplish red, showing onset of transformation to petals. Stamens absent. Staminodal disc reasonably well developed, white with pink wash. Early foliage purple with white pubescence on young leaves along the main vein but soon turn green. At flowering leaves are green but edges and bases of leaves may retain some purplish tints. Upright growth habit, height to 26 inches (66 cm). Named for the constellation, Cassiopeia.
Uljana Blažková / Pavel Sekerka