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'Gräfin Cosel'

Large, vivid purple flowers with a pink-red bar. Filaments and anthers creamy; connectives yellow. Fruit-heads persistent. Named after Countess Anna Constantia von Cosel (1680-1765), the principal mistress of the Saxon king August der Starke (Augustus the Strong).

Group: Late large-flowered group
Flowering period(s): Jun Jul Aug Sep
Pruning: Hard prune (Group 3)
Raised by: Lothar Sachs
Country of origin: Germany
Date raised: r2005 n2011 i2013
Parentage: ‘Kathleen Wheeler’(s) × unknown
Other name(s): None known

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 18cm
Tepals: 6; touching, wavy-margined, long-pointed
Leaves: simple