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'Honora'

Large violet-purple flowers shaded burgundy. Deep reddish-purple anthers. Discovered and named by Mrs A Edwards of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Whilst this is not in the official records, Peer Sorensen of Yaku Nursery believes that the form was named after Mrs Honora Mary Parker (1909 -1954) who was murdered by two teenage girls, one her daughter. A film about the murder, 'Heavenly Creatures', was released in 1994 - about the time the cultivar would have been named.

Group: Late large-flowered group
Approximate height: 3.0 - 4.0 metres
Flowering period(s): Jun Jul Aug Sep
Aspect: Any aspect
Pruning: Hard prune (Group 3)
Raised by: Alister Keay
Country of origin: New Zealand
Date raised: b1998
Parentage: Possibly a sport of 'Gipsy Queen'
Other name(s): None known

Further detail:

Flower diameter: 16cm
Tepals: 6, 7.5cm long, 4.5cm wide, long, gappy, wavy margin