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Pearl on Plate

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Pearl on Plate
Xiaonan Yu, Wei Zhu, Zhijun Dong, Ting Wu, Rui Zhao, Teng Zhang

Parentage: unknown. First bloomed 2015, first propagated 2016. Parentage unknown. Blooms Midseason. An ANEMONE form flower with two rows of oval, light purplish-red guard petals holding a nicely formed ball of narrow , deep purple-red petalodes.  Flowers are 4¾ inches (12 cm) in size, and on average there are 1-2 per stem. Pollen bearing stamens absent, these having been totally transformed to petalodes. Carpels are red, sparsely hairy, and capable of seed production. Stigmas also red, with normal form. Pleasant fragrance. Leaves are green, broadly oval. Strong green stems with upright spreading growth habit, mechanical support not needed. Height to 25½ inches (65cm). The name expresses an interpretation of the flower wherein the boss of center petalodes is a pearl, and the guard petals form the plate, or hand. The imagination is then further extended to visualize this pearl being cautiously held by a beautiful young maiden. This also ties in with Chinese idiom where “Pearl on Plate” often refers to a beloved daughter. The name therefore, expresses breeder’s cherishing and love of the flower.

Reference: 2019-DIR:31