NEW PLANT FORUM
Jack Alexander and Gary Koller
MODERATOR ALEXANDER: Our first speaker today is Dr. Richard Jaynes.
DICK JAYNES: Kalmia latifolia 'Pink Charm' was selected from the progeny of a controlled cross (x1078) made in 1970 between two unnamed pink-flowered selections obtained from Weston Nurseries, Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The plant first flowered in the fourth growing season, 1974, and has flowered every year, except one, since then. The flower buds are red in color (RHS Colour Chart 53C), but less brilliant than the redbuds: 'Nipmuck', 'Ostbo Red', and 'Quinnipiac'. The open flowers are a rich pink being more deeply pigmented than the earlier named 'Pink Surprise'. The inside of the corolla is a relatively uniform pink (RHS 54B but a bit lighter and towards 55B, or 67D). A narrow and deeply red pigmented ring occurs on the inside and near the base of the corolla.
In addition to floral traits, 'Pink Charm' was selected for the relative ease by which the cuttings root. Small numbers of cuttings have been
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