Received February 12, 2021. Parentage: Rock’s Variety x ‘Shintenchi’ (the same parentage as ‘Angel Choir’). An unnamed seedling received as a gift from Roger Anderson. First year bloomed 2008, first propagated 2012. Early bloom season. White frilly SEMI-DOUBLE flower, size 6 inches (15¼ cm), one bloom per stem. Dark black-maroon flares extend about a third of the petals’ length. Pigment bleeds from the flares in rapidly decreasing intensity from lavender, to dark pink, to a larger area of paler pink, until only the veins carry the color to the outer edges of the petals. Petals irregularly notched, frilled, overall ruffled. Pollen-bearing stamens, filaments purple-red at the base, becoming white towards the tips. Average of 4 carpels, cream-colored, sparsely hairy, stigmas yellow. Sheath complete, cream-colored. Fertile both ways. Fragrant. Early foliage on emerging new stems is reddish-purple, maturing green, while that forming on existing stems is green as it unfolds. In either case, foliage matures dark green, narrow-pointed, with good disease resistence. Upright growth, somewhat columnar when young, broadening with age. Good stem hardiness. Height at maturity in southern Wisconsin, 6 feet (180 cm). Named to recognize and pay homage to its parentage.
Rockin’ the Spirit
Anderson / Cartwright