Seemannia ‘Pepper’

Seemannia ‘Pepper’, 2016, IR161337, hybridized by Brad Walker, TN  (S. gymnostoma S. ’239’). Cross made 09/01/2014, planted 10/18/2014, and first flowered 07/01/2015.  Fertile. Reproducible only vegetatively. Upright growth evenly spaced for a compact look. Erect stem length 12”.  Leaves green, 3.75” long x 1.75” wide with 1” petiole, hairy, elliptic with cuneate base, crenate margin and acute tip. Calyx split, purple green, 0.5”. Pedicel 3” with 1 flower per axil. Corolla salverform, 1.75” long x 1 “ wide, wine-red with speckling on the petals, white throat with burgundy spots in a throat. Has more uniform stems, color and more compact habit than species parents. Bloom is similar to the seed parent, but in a different distinctive color.

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