Received January 5, 2020. Seedling #NB-H48. Parentage records say ‘Old Faithful’ x Seidl #74H120-2?, but the flower suggests the pollen parent is questionable, and may have been ‘Old Soldier’ rather than Seidl #74H120-2?. First bloomed 2012, first propagated 2014. DOUBLE. Red, medium sized flowers, are 6 inches in size (15 cm). Three rows of large rounded guard petals, some of which may be shallowly notched. Inner petals ruffled, lightly notched and twisted. Occasionally petals will have a white splash or fleck present. One side bud is usually present to extend bloom season. Carpels smooth, green, 3-4 in number, with red stigmas. Disc white, a few projections, barely perceptible. Pollen-bearing stamens interspersed among the petals at center. Filaments red, becoming lighter towards the tips. Good fertility as both pod and pollen parent. Light fragrance. Height 32 inches on sturdy stems (81 cm), mechanical support not needed. Excellent medium green foliage, leaflets slightly rounded. Cut flower potential. Named with the cherry bomb firework in mind.
Note: Not to be confused with another plant commercially distributed, but unregistered by the same name.