MH0875B (Huben nr) 36 EM 4, Purple Self, Dor Dip
My quest for tall-and-small sunfast reds has turned up an extraordinary sunfast purple with excellent branching and budcount. Bob Sobek came by, saw it, stopped in his tracks and said "Wow, what is THAT?" The first scape is fairly tall at 36 inches, with 4 long branches and 16 buds. We could quibble about the color, whether it has a dark eye or light edge, but the sun makes the color fairly even.
Here I'm comparing MH0875B to the excellent Bela Lugosi at 1PM to show the better sunfastness. BL has curled at the edges, slicked and melted a little. MH0875B shows none of that: the color is slightly duller. In the evening, the revived color glows.
I want a brighter color, smaller flower, taller and better branched scape as my goal. But this is an impressive stop along the way. The pod parent, Arterial Blood, is a smaller, taller, brilliant, velvety red that isn't nearly as sun resistant. Maybe I'll backcross to it. The pollen parent, Purple Sphere by Kirby is one of the clearest strong purples I know of and not sunfast. But it is a horrible performer for me in my poor growing conditions.
MH1051Z (Huben ) 24 E 3.5, Purple w'Dark Eye, Dor Dip
(MH0873D * MH0875B)
The most brilliant fuchsia I've ever seen. Sunfast.
MH1053B (Huben )
(MH0875B * Way Up There)
Intriguing throat and extraordinary color clarity!
Arterial Blood (Huben 2011) 44 M 3.5, Red Self, Dor Dip
(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.
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)
Purple Sphere (Kirby 2005) 24 M Re 4, Purple Self, Dor Dip Fra Noc