Seedling Number #NB-SH79. Parentage: Seidl Seedling MRV-11 x ‘Angel Emily’ – A sibling cross, as both parents are “Rock’s Variety” x ‘Shintenchi’. First bloomed 2009, first propagated 2012. Early blooming SEMI-DOUBLE flowers are deep pink with deeper pink veins, 19cm (7.5″) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Flowers sport three to four rows of petals, and black-maroon flares with bleeding edges which emanate across approximately 25% of petal lengths. Guard petals are rounded, ruffled, notched, and recurve slightly toward outer edges. Ruffled and crinkled petals are large with a large single mid-petal notch, and surrounded by many small notches along their edges. Guards are typically 5.7cm (2.25”) in diameter. No fragrance noted. Flowers on average possess five smooth carpels that are green with white stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are between 1.2cm and 2cm (0.5”-0.75″) in length; filaments dark-violet in color, tipped with white and typical yellow pollen-covered anthers. Fertile both ways. Sheath is white and complete. Plants become tall over time; to about 153cm (60″) at maturity in Wisconsin, and may reach taller heights when not grown in open fields. Ten-year-old plants may be four or more feet in diameter. Plants carry narrow, pointed, medium matte-green foliage. Foliage at time of emergence is light red. Growth habit is upright, vigorous, and easily grown into specimen-sized plants. May serve as an excellent landscape subject, as foliage remains in good condition until late in the growing season. Named for the planetary nebula found in the northern constellation Draco. Flares appear eye-like, contributing to this name.
Cat’s Eye Nebula