Double type; large; midseason. Brilliant rose-pink, with a slight salmon suffusion; opens full and flat, with symmetrical center sometimes flecked with crimson; fragrance poor. Medium height; free-blooming; fairly strong stems. Foliage heavy. “A flat flower with broad, rounded and imbricated† petals. Commercial stocks of this variety are badly mixed and true stock is scarce.”—Little. “A very fine large bloom.”—Fewkes. † l find much confusion in the use of the word “imbricated.” It means “overlapping,” like tiles on a roof. The petals of a good LE CYGNE are imbricated. In some catalogues, this word is erroneously used in the sense of shaggy or laciniated. To avoid misunderstanding, it has not been used in the standard descriptions, “overlapping” being used instead.—Stevens.
Marchioness of Lansdowne