I tried to register this years ago as Golden Knights in honor of the Army Parachut Team. I used to hang around with the team when I covered the military as a reporter. But the name was similar to one already taken. And I didn't have many of them to sell.
So, this cultivar has languished in an out-of-the-way bed since 2000. I decided to register it as Long, Long Ago, which is when I should have introduced it. At the last minute, I went back to the parachute team idea and named it for my friends who spend all day jumping out of planes and practicing aerial acrobatics at a nearby airport.
While it isn't the fastest increaser around, it is a strong, vigorous, bold grower that is especially delightful for its late-midseason bloom and its extreme ruffling.
Golden Parachutes is a great breedeer for size and ruffles in golds, yellows, pinks and reds. We haven't taken it to purple lines yet. It has produced the most ruffled seedlings we have.
Bloom size: 6 inches
Scape Height: 25 inches
Bud Count: 19
Plant habit: Dormant
Bloom time: Midseason-late
Blooming habit: Not recurrent
Fertility: Easy both ways
Flaws: Slow to increase. Weak grower south of Ocala, Fla.
Exceptional qualities: Robust growth. Tough flowers resist thrips and water spottiing. Sunfastness is excellent. Nicely ruffled and a great parent for ruffles. Showy, intense color
Limited availability: Single fans only.
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