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Roberto Gamoletti
Lutea Hybrid

Received August 15, 2020. Pod Parent: Seidl Seedling #60 (A-198 x ‘Chinese Dragon’) x ‘Zephyrus’). Pollen Parent: ‘Rosalind Elsie Franklin’. (Note that Reath Seedling A-198 was distributed to hybridizers for many years under number, beginning in 1984. It was named Golden Experience in 2000.) First bloomed 2008, first propagated 2012. Dark purplish-red SINGLE with two rows of petals. One flower per stem, size 7-8 inches (18-20 cm). Petals generally rounded, lightly ruffled along the edges. Dark purplish-black flares extend to 30% of petalsÂ’ length. The petals have dark veining, adding visual texture to the flower. Average of 2-3 carpels, moderately hairy, pale green, with reddish stigmas edged white. Purple sheath well developed, complete. A tidy ring of bright, pollen-bearing stamens lights up and enhances the flower. Filaments are dark purple, fading near white just under the anthers. Pollen and seed fertile. Blooms early midseason. Fragrance absent. Healthy blue-green foliage with typical Lutea Hybrid leaflets. Upright growth habit reaching 78 inches at maturity (200 cm). A vigorous grower. The name inspired by the dark color of the flower.

Reference: 2020-DIR:54