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'Betty Corning'

Viticella type. Pale pinky-blue or lilac nodding flowers with spreading tepals edged and veined in darker blue-mauve, yellow-green anthers. A charming cultivar, thought to be a hybrid of C. crispa x C. viticella, free-flowering and sweetly scented. Discovered in 1932 by Mrs. Elizabeth Corning, wife of Erastus Corning II, Mayor of Albany New York, and introduced with the assistance of Arthur Steffen.

'Betty Corning' throws up an interesting problem. There is no doubt that plants sold in the UK are scented, yet correspondents in the US and Canada usually report that they can detect no scent. We would be interested in further information; perhaps the US and European forms are diverging.

Group: Viticella group
Fragrant: Yes
Approximate height: 2.5 - 3.0 metres
Flowering period(s): Jul Aug Sep
Aspect: Sun or semi-shade
USDA zones: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pruning: Hard prune (Group 3)
Country of origin: USA
Date raised: 1932
Parentage: ? C. crispa x C. viticella
Other name(s): 'Betty Cornning'

Further detail:

Flowers: 5-6cm long
Tepals: 4

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