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Qingyu Zhang, Weike Wang, Zhangzhen Bai

Parentage unknown. First bloom date unknown, first propagated 2022. Late-season blooming DOUBLE flowers are dark-purple (RHS 79B), 13.5cm (5.3″) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Dark greyish-purple (202A) flares with blurred edges emerge from flower centers and transcend approximately 47% of total petal length. Guard petals are flat, notched, and are typically 4.5cm (1.77″) in width. Fragrance noted. Flowers possess on average five moderately hairy, pale-yellow (11D) carpels with light-yellow (10C) stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are almost entirely transformed to petalodes, oblanceolate in shape, and identical in color to other petallage. Sheath is partial, and light-yellow in color (10C). No fertility noted. Plants reach 200cm (79″) at maturity, and carry broadly-cut, green foliage. Growth habit is upright; mechanical support is unnecessary. The plume describes the state of the flower, originating from the Song Dynasty poet You Jiuyan’s “Garden Crane”: “Frolicking outside the white clouds, drinking and pecking in the corner of the spring mountains. The sun is pale, the wind is blowing, and the plumes are relaxed.” The petals of the flower are densely layered, like a young bird with wings, and the plume of the flower is very attractive. Dedication to Switzerland describes the top of the petals as white as snow. Additionally, before and after bloom, is often covered with frost, dedication to the state of more prominent.

Reference: 2023-DIR:XX