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Cathedral
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unknown
Group
Lactiflora
Date

Japanese type; large; mid season. Vivid dark rose-pink guard petals, with narrow, lighter edges; compact center of long, pale pink petaloids with pointed tips and yellow at the base; reddish stigmas; slightly fragrant. Height 30 inches; growth medium; free-blooming. Foliage dark green. This variety is also catalogued as HANA-NO-SATO. While generally admitted to be of Japanese Type, there are no vestiges of anthers on the central petals which are rather “petaloids” than “staminodes.” This would make it Anemone Type strictly speaking, but many other Japs have similar character so it is extremely difficult to be absolutely consistent in this matter. “In fully developed flowers the petaloids are very rarely white or seem so when seen against the vivid dark rose-pink guard petals. While not a high-grade Jap it is a very striking one in the garden.”—Fewkes.

Reference: 1928-B-d:086