Parentage unknown. First bloomed 2014, first propagated 2015. Midseason blooming JAPANESE flowers are a mid-pink (RHS 61B), 14cm (5.5”) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Fragrance noted. Guard petals are rounded and notched, and average 4.5cm (1.8”) in diameter. Possesses four smooth, red-purple (63B) carpels with reddish-purple (63A) stigmas. Stamens are more than 2cm (.75”); filaments are red (37B) with yellow tips (6C). Pollen not noted, however, produces seeds. Staminodes are reddish-purple, lighter at tips (61C-62C). Disk presents few projections. Plants reach 82cm (32.25”) at maturity, and carry somewhat narrow, pointed, green foliage (N137A). Growth habit is upright and does not require mechanical support. “Huoshu” is a name originating from the Tang Dynasty, when a certain emperor would light his lamps at festivals. “Yinhua” refers to a white decoration. The flower petals are like flames, and the central staminodes are clustered in the flower appearing as silver-white feathers – a presentation that is much beloved.
Zhipeng Sheng, Daqiu Zhao, and Jun Tao