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'Ville de Lyon'

Medium to large flowers in early summer, small to medium sized later. Bright red to purple-red flowers with a pinker bar which fades with sun or age to a more purple colour. Anthers pale yellow-green to yellow on creamy-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: Late large-flowered group
Approximate height: 2.5 - 5.0 metres
Flowering period(s): Jul Aug Sep
Aspect: Sun or semi-shade
Pruning: Hard prune (Group 3)
Raised by: Francisque Morel
Country of origin: France
Date raised: i1899
Parentage: 'Viviand Morel' x C. texensis
Other name(s): None known

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 10-15cm (early) 6-10cm (later)
Tepals: (4-) 6 (-7); 5-7.5cm long, 2.5-4.5cm wide, obovate, blunt but apiculate, overlapping, tip and margin recurved

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