$18.00 Double Fan
height 36", bloom 6.5", season MLa, Dormant, Tetraploid, 24 buds, 3 branches, Dark wine purple above bold green throat.
(sdlg X sdlg)
From its debut in the seedling patch, we have been pleased with 'Dragon Rider'. It has a tailored, rather ufo flair. The wine-purple color is very clean and deep, accentuated the more by a strong green heart which bleeds out chartreuse-to-white onto the flower segments. The blooms bear impact from a distance, held up on tall, sturdy, nicely branched scapes. At a closer viewing the often recurving and twisting flower parts lend an air of informality. Feeling that the tailored foremat and twisting segments might lend themselves readily to our tet spider crosses, we set a large number of pods on 'Dragon Rider'. The first large batch of kids bloomed in 06 from these crosses and we were very pleased with the results, choosing several for possible future introduction. Easily fertile both ways. Foliage is broad and deep green. Plant vigor is strong, quickly forming a very large clump. An established clump in bloom literally has a canopy of purple when in bloom.