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'The Duchess'

Very large, flat or flattish, pale purple flowers shading to reddish purple to margins near base and from base to halfway up bar. Filaments and anthers cream; connectives greenish yellow.

Group: Early large-flowered group
Approximate height: 2.0 - 2.5 metres
Flowering period(s): May Jun | Aug Sep
Pruning: Light prune (Group 2)
Raised by: Joe Link
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Date raised: r2008 n2012
Parentage: 'Gillian Blades’ × unknown
Other name(s): None known

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 20cm
Tepals: 6; 10cm long, 3.5cm wide, narrowly obovate but with basal half folded down to either side to give each sepal a spathulate look, gappy, with slightly wavy margins, rounded at tip but with a distinct apiculus, tip slightly recurved
Leaves: ternate