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Early Caucasian

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Cultivar
Early Caucasian
Originator
Pavel Sekerka
Group
Herb. Hybrid
Date
2020

Received August 31, 2020. Parentage: P. mlokosewitschii, open pollinated, likely by another species of the Caucasus. First bloomed, and first propagated, in the 1990’s. Has been distributed under this name to a number of botanical gardens in Europe. The name and description have also been previously published in two Czech magazines, Zahrádká? and Zahradnictví. Very early bloom, earlier than P. mlokosewitschii itself. Ten-petalled SINGLE with two rows of guard petals, 1 bloom per stem, 5½ inches in size (14 cm). No fragrance. Up facing flowers are pale yellow (RHS:160D) with raspberry flares extending ? the petals’ length (RHS:71C). Flares have indistinct edges and pigment bleeds along the petal’s veins to the edges. Petals are rounded and held cupped. Average of 3 carpels, pale, and thickly covered with white indumentum. Reddish purple stigmas have normal anatomy. Pollen-bearing stamens, filaments reddish-purple (RHS:61A). Well-developed staminodal disc, of similar hue, but paler than the stigmas. Early foliage green washed purplish bronze. Stems, petioles, veins of leaves and flower buds are hairy. At flowering, leaves are green, somewhat purplish along the edges. Vigorous plant with upright growth. The name relates to The Caucasus, the area between the Caspian and Black Seas where P. mlokosewitschii grows wild.

Reference: 2020-Pending