46 M 3.5, Purple Self, Dor Dip
Sobek 93.36 * Purple Sphere
This photo, with the sun shining through, is a little flattering: the actual color is a bit flatter with a very even velvety finish. Branching an budcount are great, but the remarkable thing is how waxy and thrip resistant this one is. I was watching the pale yellow thrips scurry all over the blooms all summer, but never saw any of the typical thrips damage: blotched petals, pimpled or distorted buds. The buds are whitish and purple, with a waxy appearance, and the bracts on the scape also seem to resist desiccation and damage. I'm crossing this one into my Red Spire derived lines and also with a number of others with white buds such as Forsyth White Buds and Central Park West. The flowers open consistently perfectly. This one has a rounder, more ruffled form than the Red Spire kids, and should improve them. The scapes don't fall except when heavily loaded with pods.