Selected from seedlings of the species, P. lactiflora Pall. SINGLE. Red purple flowers,1-4 per stem, 12 cm in size (4½ in). Petals slightly cupped. Carpels average 3-4 in number, greyish green, sparsely hairy. Stigmas yellowish white having normal anatomy. Pollen bearing stamens. Fertile both ways. Fragrance. Broad pointed foliage. Stems dark purple-red at flowering. Upright growth, self-supporting, height to 81 cm (32 in). Early to mid-season bloom period. Long flowering period, 7-12 days for each flower. Tolerates warmer climates better than most other cultivars introduced from north China, both during the growing season, and during dormancy with less chilling needed.
Jiaping Zhang, Yiping Xia, Dong Zhang, Danqing Li