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'Edouard Desfossé'

Large or very large, deep blue flowers with a reddy-purple bar. The flowers fade to lavender blue. Red-purple to dark brown anthers on white filaments. In 1912, William Robinson in his book 'The Virgin's Bower' lists this cultivar as "trusted to give lovely effects if culture and position be all [it] deserves."

Group: Early large-flowered group
Approximate height: 1.5 - 2.0 metres
Flowering period(s): May Jun Aug Sep Oct
Aspect: Any aspect
Pruning: Light prune (Group 2)
Raised by: Desfossé et Fils
Country of origin: France
Date raised: i1880
Parentage: C. patens x C. lanuginosa
Other name(s): 'Mme Edouard Desfossé'. Mis-spelling: 'Eduodard Desfosse'

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 15-22 (-27)cm
Tepals: 6-8; obovate, gappy, long-pointed