Received August 31, 2020. Seedling No. CH-15. Parentage unknown. First bloomed 1990, first propagated 2015. Has been distributed under this name to a number of botanical gardens in Europe. The name and description have also been previously published in two Czech magazines, Zahrádká? and Zahradnictví. Mid/Late season bloom. Very dark red SEMI-DOUBLE – DOUBLE flower form (RHS:61A-64A). Up to 3 blooms per stem, 4¾ in size (12 cm). Guard petals rounded, cupped, average width 1¾ inches (4½ cm). Petals become smaller towards the center. Carpels number 8 in the double flowers, half that in the semi-double, pale yellow, very hairy, white hairs. Stigmas purplish red, normal anatomy, fertile. Pollen-bearing stamens at center with narrow red staminodes interspersed. Filaments reddish at the base, upper half yellow. Staminodal disc well-developed, yellowish at their base, pink above. Foliage very dark on emergence, remaing so for a time, becomes green by the time of flowering with petioles and veins remaining purple. Upright growth to 35½ inches (90 cm). Named with the black and yellow Fire Salamander in mind, reflecting the dark flower with yellow stamen accents.
Uljana Blažková / Pavel Sekerka