Sunday, January 21, 2018

Zelazny

Zelazny


2004 – Linda Michaels – (Miss Jessie x Lady Fingers) – Dip – 36” – 7” - Mid – Br-3 – Bc-23 – Dorm – Purple bitone with cream midribs above large chartreuse to lime throat



Zelazny is a great Linda Michaels cultivar that is a lovely purple bicolor spider/near spider/unusual form type with a big green throat. It has tall scapes and moderate branching with a good bud count. The foliage is senescent (dormant) and it increases quickly. It recovers well from division and establishes quickly.  The foliage is narrow and more attractive than many spider types.

The plant is fertile both ways and can produce large quantities of seeds. It has been very rust resistant in my garden, just like its pollen parent Lady Fingers, though Zelazny is a prettier plant with better foliage than Lady Fingers. Zelazny has breeding value for rust resistance in my experience also. I have no reports on its resistance in other gardens, but it has been resistant consistently in my garden for five years of rust screening.