Japanese type; very large; early midseason. Guards symmetrically cupped, of a dark red shade between crimson and maroon, with a dull gloss; center of incurved, buff staminodes streaked with dark rose-pink; carpels green, covered with silky hairs and tipped buff; not very fragrant. Tall; floriferous; slender, wiry stems. Small foliage. A handsome, vividly colored flower, excellent for garden decoration. “There is a question whether there are two varieties of this name. Peterson described these as the red-stemmed variety and the green-stemmed one. The latter is the better—the stems are heavier and straighter and the flowers larger.” —Thurlow.
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