This is an unusual hybrid, involving the seldom-used species S. porphyrostachys. It was crossed with a seedling from a rexii-type hybrid x S. ‘Falling Stars’. Flower count can be very high, with as many 27 flowers being produced per peduncle. As can be seen from the photo, the underside of the leaves is a beet purple color, a characteristic inherited from porphyrostachys. In some of the seedlings from this cross, the purple color fades in mature plants, but it is stable in this particular clone.
Seedlings also inherit from porphyrostachys a strong tendency to grow all their leaves in one direction, backwards away from the front of the stock. The attractive peduncle architecture of these seedlings, with successive pairs of flowers at 180 degrees to one another is another porphyrostachys-derived feature.
Hand courtesy of Chris Rose.
Seedling code [(SBFS)63 x PP]1.