Wild – 1978 – (parentage unknown) – 24” – 5” – Mid – Dorm – Grape purple with medium large green throat
Grape Velvet is a beautiful purple from the old Gilbert H. Wild program that has held up over time and is still a beautiful flower of very nice color. It is similar to Super Purple with a similar fine coloring, but the flower is superior with much better sepals and the plant is superior to Super Purple as well. The plant is a fast increaser that establishes quickly when divided. The foliage is senescent (dormant) and the plant is very hardy here and in many northern locations, according to reports I have received, though it does have some susceptibility to late freezes that can detract a bit from the foliage appearance. I do not know if it is hardy in the deep south.
Grape Velvet is fertile both ways and I have gotten some nice seedlings, with good foliage, taller scapes and rich purple color from it. Grape Velvet also shows rust resistance here and has produced seedlings that show rust resistance in my own breeding work when paired with equally or higher resistance cultivars.