Indelible Blood (Huben 2013) 44 M 4, Red Self, Dor Dip
Like most velvety reds, Indelible Blood is very difficult to photograph accurately. The photograph above is my best, yet it still doesn't show the true depth and intensity of the dark red color. However, it does show off the beautiful green throat and hint at the velvety sheen. The photo below shows more sheen and more or the oxblood-red darkness, but still cannot capture the true appearance. Indelible Blood is very simply the most durable red I've ever grown. It has all the types of sunfastness: I have never seen it curl, slick, fade or melt, not even in 100+ degree heat. It does not show thrips or aphid damage in my unsprayed garden. It is unfazed by rain. No blotchy petals from insects or water. The flowers close tight: no need to deadhead.
No need to deadhead, as you can see from the photo above. The photo below shows the excellent rain resistance.
But what I really love is the presentation of the trumpety flowers on tall, slender, graceful scapes with long branches starting low. It has 5 or 6 branches and 20+ buds. It is somewhat rhyzomatious, with some fans emerging several inches from the clump. From the first flower, I knew this would be a major part of my tall and small breeding program. At this time I have many kids of Indelible Blood that are being evaluated and used for breeding, and I'm simultaneously introducing O Positive, an incredible child.
Arterial Blood (Huben 2011) 44 M 3.5, Red Self, Dor Dip
MH0377C = (Sobek 90.34A * Red Spire)
A tall-and-small red self. Brilliant velvety, saturated, flaming lipstick-red flowers with green throats standing tall above the foliage. Thrips and sun resistant. Excellent increase. 27 buds, 5 branches.
MH1045D (Huben )
(Indelible Blood * Way Up There)
So much color saturation that it is black-red. Sunfast.
MH1047S (Huben ) 28 EM 5, Red w'Green Eye, Dor Dip
(Indelible Blood * Rose F Kennedy)
Great face, sunfast, but we'll see how much plant.
MH1173B (Huben ) 50 M 4.5, Red w'White Midrib, Dor Dip
(Indelible Blood * Autumn Minaret)
This cross illustrates why there are no registrations from Autumn Minaret. Autumn Minaret is very late and will not set seed, so you need to save the pollen over the winter to put it on something nice. And then results don't look like much. But there are a few important things to notice: you can get excellent color clarity and green throats from your pod parent; vigor, height and 6 branches with 43 buds from Autumn Minaret. The next generation should produce some beauty with excellent plant habits.
O Positive (Huben 2013) 46 EM 3.25, Red w'Dark Band, Dor Dip
(Crazy Kids * Indelible Blood)
This red has everything. It is vigorous, tall, sunfast, well branched and budded and beautiful. The instant Bob Sobek saw it, he said he wanted it: and not too surprisingly, it is out of one of his introductions. With 6 branches and 24 buds, it puts on a terrific display for a long time. The foliage is excellent. My other tall, red introductions have a trumpety form, but O Positive has more a ruffled bagel form: or perhaps you could say it resembles a red blood cell (but it's too big to be named Erythrocyte.)
Sobek 90.34A (Sobek ) 24 M 4, Red Self, Dor Dip
(City Of Sin * Pardon Me)
Red Spire (Saxton 1996) 59 ML Re 3.5, Red w'Red Halo, Dor Dip
(Monseigneur Garnet * Jersey Beacon)