Elizabethan Lace Collar
Name: Elizabethan Lace Collar
Seedling Number: GDASSDLGTSE7
Bloom Diameter: 6”
Scape Height: 30”
Bud Count: 15
Bloom Season: M
Color/Description: Cream-white with blush pink suffusion along midrib and middle of sepals, often with turquoise-green stripes on the sepals, with white midribs, narrow gold edge and golden-yellow throat.
Bloom Habit: Diurnal
Pod Parent: Elizabethan Fine Gloves
Pollen Parent: SDLG
Year Bred: 2014
Rust Resistance: A+/2 Years
Fertile: Pollen easy, pods difficult
Most people are familiar with the ruffled collars worn in Elizabethan England, but not as many know that the most expensive and extravagant ruffled collars were made from lace. Lace, a new, handmade and very expensive luxury at the time, was the ultimate sign of wealth. Some lace collars sold for as much money as a manor house. I felt this flower deserved this name for a variety of reasons.
The flower is a very clear, light cream with pink flushes through the petals and pink, sometimes also with green-turquoise stripes, on the sepals. The flower is weird, giving the appearance of flatness and openness. Some of the flowers will show considerable flatness. There is good substance and the flower holds up well. The texture of the flower gives the illusion of lace, with some areas being almost transparent. In spite of that, the substance is strong and the flower holds up. The thick substance combined with the transparency actually makes for a beautiful effect in the garden.
The rust resistance was A+ for the last two years of my screening program and thrips resistance is moderate. Pods are difficult but the pollen is easy and I will see a good few seedlings from Elizabethan Lace Collar in the seedling beds in 2022. The plant is of average to slowish growth, but has been very hardy and multiples regularly each year.
Below you will find multiple pictures of Elizabethan Lace Collar from 2018 through 2021, first in the seedling bed and then in the line out garden. Click on any image below to see a large image and easily look through all the images in a photo gallery.