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Rieck / Rieger

Parentage not recorded. Received from Irmtraud and Gottlob Rieck as a seedling which was grown from seed collected in their garden. In that garden was ‘Taiyo’ (Suffruticosa Group) which can be presumed to have contributed to the parentage. First bloomed 2014, first propagated 2017. SEMI-DOUBLE. One flower per stem. Flowers 4¾-6 inches (12-15 cm) in size. Two to three rows of glossy fiery-red petals are lightly notched and somewhat frilled, the color non-fading. First row of petals may have some white streaks or green edging. Flares absent. Usually 5 carpels, greyish-green and moderately hairy. Stigmas red, with normal anatomy. Pollen-bearing stamens with red filaments. Sheath complete, red. Makes seeds. Early bloom season. Fragrance. Upright growth habit. Height after 5 years’ growth (during which the plant was transplanted twice) was about 28 inches (70 cm), but undisturbed mature height expected to exceed 40 inches (100 cm). Broadly cut foliage is green, with a purple wash. In autumn foliage turns orange red, sometimes with a purple sheen. Named for the Italian volcano, Stromboli, continuously active since 1932. To be propagated and distributed by W. Giessler, Groß Rosenburg, Germany.

Reference: 2019 Pending