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Zui Hongyan

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Cultivar
Zui Hongyan
Originator
XianFeng Guo
Group
Lactiflora
Date
2019

Parentage unknown. First bloomed 2015, first propagated 2017. A somewhat novel flower form. It shows progressive stamen transformation (larger guard petals around the outside, becoming gradually smaller towards the stamens) such as one sees in the classic semi-double, but it also shows flower-in-flower doubling traits which are expressed as petals emerging from the center. These are surrounded by a ring of scarlet petaloids which themselves result from carpel transformation. Overall, the prominent stamens and the lack of petal volume place this flower in the SEMI-DOUBLE class. Flower size 4¾ inches (12 cm) in diameter. Color effect is pink, consisting of fairly evenly spaced darker pink speckling on a very pale background color. Pollen-bearing stamens, brilliant yellow. Carpels small, 5-21, often more than 10, green, concealed in the scarlet petaloids. No seeds. Midseason bloomer. Reddish foliage on emergence from ground, matures green. Upright growth habit to 31½ inches (80 cm). Very attractive to bees, interesting and delightful in garden. The name ‘Zui Hongyan’ means a slightly drunk beauty.

Reference: 2019 Pending