RUFFLES (Stamile,P.) TET 319-D [(Victorian Lace x Michael Miller) X
Spectral Elegance] 26” EMRe. emo. SEv. 5.5” x 3.5” x 2.5”. 7-way
branching (4 laterals + terminal “w”). 45 buds.
Every once in awhile a plan goes right. In an
attempt to make whites as fancy as the pastels and yellows I crossed
the pastel SPECTRAL ELEGANCE to my best white seedling from VICTORIAN
LACE and MICHAEL MILLER hoping that the ruffles of SPECTRAL ELEGANCE
would transmit without transmitting its color. In most cases the plan
was a failure in that both the ruffles (ruffles are a dominant trait)
and the color transmitted. I did, however, get the beautiful pastel
LACY BORDER this way. But only in two instances did I get the white I
was looking for – WHITE MOUNTAIN and ALPINE RUFFLES.
ALPINE RUFFLES is clearly the most ruffled white
that I have ever done. It is completely finished with one of the most
pristine formed flowers with wide overlapping petals and wide blunt
sepals. Moreover, the flowers are flat and elaborately ruffled with
numerous “owl ears” and some “angel wings”. The color is almost a pure
white with just a hint of pink which fades by the end of the day
leaving a paper white daylily.
The plant habit is exquisite with blue green
arching foliage and excellent plant balance of scape to foliage with
even the lowest branches exhibiting blooms just above the leaves. Wide
laterals carry the blooms away from the scape and carry up to 45
flowers on elaborately branched scapes. A must for anyone doing whites
or needing a color clarifier that will clear out the mud without
damaging the form or plant habit. Fabulous. Fertile both ways.