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'Anni Irina'

Medium- to large-sized, dark purple flowers with red-purple midveins, ageing to dark blue or blue-violet with paler bar; outside grey-downy. Filaments yellowish, maturing to white; connectives greenish white; anthers pale yellow. Seed-heads persistent.

Named after Anni Hacklin, the granddaughter of Kirsi Kettunen who named the cultivar.

Group: Late large-flowered group
Approximate height: 1.0 - 1.5 metres
Flowering period(s): Jul Aug Sep
Pruning: Hard prune (Group 3)
Raised by: Juhani Räsänen
Country of origin: Finland
Date raised: r2011 n2014
Parentage: Carnaby x Venosa Violacea
Other name(s): None known

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 12-13cm
Tepals: 6; 6cm long × 3.5cm wide, elliptic to broadly elliptic, overlapping at first but becoming more gappy with age, with finely ruffled margins, tip acuminate with a distinct apiculus but often slightly recurved