Seedling number 8-30-2-16-921. Parentage not given. First bloomed 2015, first propagated 2016. Early midseason blooming SEMI-DOUBLE flowers are mid-pink, fading to light pink with cream-white petal edges. Flowers are 16cm (6.3”) in diameter, upward facing, and average one per stem. Guard petals are frilled, ruffled, and pointed. Flowers possess on average three very hairy, green carpels with dark-pink stigmas of normal anatomy. Stamens are more than 2cm (0.75”) in length. Fertile both ways. Plants reach 75cm (29.5”) at maturity, and carry broadly pointed, green foliage with undertones of purple. Foliage at time of emergence is red. Growth habit is upright; mechanical support is unnecessary. Presents good potential as a cut-flower. Named for the Botticelli depiction of the birth of the goddess Venus, emerging from a large clam shell.
Venus in the Shell
Joshua Scholten, Peony Shop Holland