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Pavel Sekerka
Herbaceous Hybrid
Czech Republic

Received August 31, 2020. Parentage: P. obovata x P. tenuifolia. First bloomed 2012, first propagated 2015. 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 season of bloom. SINGLE flower form. Up facing flowers, 1 bloom per stem, size 3½ inches (9 cm). No fragrance. Pale red with purplish undertones (RHS:67A). Base of petals lack colour, with color gradually bleeding in and getting stronger to 30% of petals’ length. Petals rounded, their edges lightly and evenly crinkled, 1¼ inches wide (3.5 cm). Average of 4 carpels, green, moderately hairy. Stigmas reddish-purple with normal anatomy, fertile. Pollen-bearing stamens, filaments reddish-purple at the very base, then creamy-white to the anthers. Staminodal disc evident, but incomplete. Early foliage green washed bronze, stems reddish, both maturing to green at flowering. Foliage typical of the “fernleaf hybrid” types. Upright growth, height 18½ inches (47 cm). As a seedling the flower triggered a response which inspired using name of the famous 1929 Czech film “Erotikon.”

Reference: 2020-DIR:26