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'Lawsoniana'

Large to very large, rose-purple or pale blue flowers with darker veins and beige or brown anthers. 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: 2.5 - 5.0 metres
Flowering period(s): May Jun Aug Sep
Aspect: Any aspect
USDA zones: 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pruning: Light prune (Group 2)
Raised by: I Anderson-Henry
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Date raised: r1855 i1870
Parentage: lanuginosa x 'Fortunei'
Other name(s): x lawsoniana

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 14-15cm
Tepals: 6-8; 7-9cm long, 2.7-3.7cm wide, oblong-elliptic, overlapping, pointed
Leaves: usually ternate, less often simple