Cultivar Name: Glow Of The Heart
Seedling Number: SMWT 7
Bloom Diameter: 6”
Scape Height: 28”
Bud Count: 24
Bloom Season: MID-LATE
Color/Description: Peach petals with big raspberry to purple eye radiating into throat with raspberry petal edges above intense, wide green throat.
Bloom Habit: ext
Pod Parent: Stare Master
Pollen Parent: Whale Tails
Year Bred: 2013
Rust Resistance: A+/3 years
Fertile: Pollen is fertile, while pods have been almost impossible to set.
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Comments: Glow Of The Heart shows that delightful green heart consistently, and maintains it throughout the day. It starts the day with the throat deep green and ends with it bright green. You can see the late evening images below. The green throat is not an artifact of the camera or the lighting. It is strong and consistent and is one of the best green throats I have produced. It has been a consistent favorite of mine now for years. It is eleven years old this year, and first flowered eight years ago in 2016. It went through the final three years of my rust resistance screening program with very high resistance and the thrips resistance is moderate. The pollen is very strong and I have produced some excellent seedlings, some with very green throats too, but I have only gotten a few pods throughout all those years. While the scapes are short (at least for my taste), the branching is phenomenal, showing those antler-like branches that hold the flowers well-apart. When bred to taller partners, I have gotten taller scaped plants with these antler branches, some with deep green throats.
The foliage is semi-evergreen in warm-winter gardens, but goes dormant in very cold winters here, while it remains above ground and green in warm winters in my garden. The rebloom is very consistent, often reblooming two or three times in a season. It has rebloomed for me every year since it first flowered in 2016. The flowers always draw me in, and the big green heart, late in the evening garden of the late season, is magnetic. The rebloom is a big plus, producing these striking flowers at a time when little else is flowering. Even in late summer/early fall, when the nights are already getting cool, Glow Of The Heart still shows the green throat, though a bit less intense than in the peak summer heat, as you can see in one of the images below. I think Glow Of The Heart can make a great contribution to a number of breeding programs, both northern and southern. It has many good traits to offer for breeding programs and is also just a gorgeous, late-season garden plant with a striking green throat.